Teachers in Uganda asked MPs last week to block a budget, which does not include a promised 20% pay rise for teachers. The government had promised the extra money as part of a phased increase of salaries, with 15% last year, 20% in 2013/14 and a further 15% in 2014/15. However this year's increment has not been budgeted for.

Leaders of the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) told the politicians: "Gov't must cut back on wasteful expenditure, plug the gaps that have bred high losses due to 'ghosts' and redirect national resources to the most productive sectors of our economy top of which is education. That way, we'll only grow a sustainable economy and build a strong foundation for the future of Uganda."

The government of Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 27 years and has amended the constitution so that he can remain as president indefinitely, has a history of suppressing strikes and protests. Museveni has warned UNATU against striking - a sinister move under the circumstances - but the union says that even if he is successful in suppressing the strike he won't be able to stop what they call a 'silent go-slow strike.'

UNATU has scheduled a strike for September if the 20% pay rise is not forthcoming. Some teachers in the country have actually had their salaries cut to $119 and others have had to strike because they were not paid since April. Incredibly in this situation, where teachers are facing vast classes as a result of the Education For All initiative (with few extra resources), the government is also bringing in performance related tenure.

Like so many other countries in the Global South, Uganda has the capacity to be self-sufficient and for its people to be prosperous. However much of its rich agricultural land is being seized by foreign companies, with thousands of people being evicted, and its mineral resources, such as rare metals, are exploited by foreign companies. Such operations are partly made possible by the World Bank - the same organisation which purports to be promoting Education For All.