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Multiple borrowing leading to early death among teachers

The Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) leaders in Sheema District have expressed concerns about the increasing deaths amongst teachers in the District. 

This was revealed yesterday at a function to celebrate World teacher’s day for Sheema district held at Bugongi Town council headquarters in Sheema District. 

According to UNATU’s statistics, Uganda loses over 400 teachers every year, while as of 30th September this year, Sheema district alone has lost 6 teachers.

Mujurizi Charles, the UNATU chairperson Sheema District attributed increased deaths to stress that is caused by multiple loans that teachers take to supplement their income. Mujurizi appealed to the government to increase teachers’ salaries. 

Rosemary Nyakikongoro, the Woman MP Sheema District speaking during World Teachers Day celebrations in Sheema.

Rosemary Nyakikongoro, the Sheema District woman Member of Parliament who presided over the function advised teachers not to translate their challenges into more challenges but instead use them to adopt through survival skills.

Meanwhile Prikeria Muhindo, the Sheema District Resident District Commissioner asked teachers to join Government poverty alleviation programs like Parish Development Model and Emyooga as this will help them get out of poverty. 

This year’s teacher’s day was celebrated under the theme “The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage.”

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