50 Teachers Go 8 Months Without Pay

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At least 50 teachers in Bukomansimbi district have gone eight months without being paid.

At least 50 teachers in Bukomansimbi district have gone eight months without being paid.
 
The aggrieved teachers are threatening to join their four colleagues who handed in their appointment letters to Solomon Sonko, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), in protest last week.
 
The teachers handed over their appointment letters and declared they were going into private business.
 
The affected teachers claim they have not been given a reason why they have not received their salaries for eight months though they were appointed to their positions and are on the payroll.
 
One of the teachers at Kyawagonya Primary School who spoke on condition of anonymity complained that while other civil servants receive their pay, their lot has been ignored. He believes, along with his colleagues, it could be a deliberate move to deny them their salaries.
 
The teacher said the abnormality of no salary remittances to their accounts started in June last year, with a few of the colleagues, but it has since persistently extended to other staff.
 
Mrs. Josephine Mukiibi, the District Secretary for Social services, confirmed that she is aware of cases of teachers who have gone unpaid for several months.
 
She revealed that the most affected schools are Kyabagoma, Kisojjo and Kyawagonya Primary schools in the Kibinge Sub-county.

She said she first heard of the claims from 15 teachers in October 2012 and dismissed it as normal delays. However, to her dismay more teachers have complained that they are affected.
 
Teachers at Kisojjo primary school this reporter spoke to said that they had been forced to take basic goods from shops on loan in the hope they would be paid soon. Some shop keepers have started turning them away because of the accumulated debts they have piled up.
 
Patrick Zziwa, the Bukomansimbi District Education Officer, said he was aware of the teacher's predicament but had no explanation why it had become a persistent problem.
 
Zziwa strongly denied that he might have deleted any of the teachers off the payroll.
 
Joseph Nanseera the Commissioner Ministry of Public Services, declined to comment on the matter. He said he needed more time to study the teachers' problem.
 
He said the teachers should have spoken up earlier of their plight for a solution to be found.
 
This notwithstanding, Bukomansimbi currently needs to fill a recruitment gap of 68 primary school teachers.