Breastfeeding Moroto Teacher Finally Sacked Top story

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Adris Lamster Oyang, the Vice Chairperson Jesus Primary School Management Committee, says Nates termination isnt in anyway related to her February suspension for breastfeeding in the school.

The management of Child Jesus Primary School in Moroto has finally sacked a teacher who was suspended early this year for breastfeeding her three month old baby at the school. Agnes Nate received her termination letter on October 30th, 2017.

 
"I regret to inform you that your contract for one (01) year has not been renewed; reason being that the school has been facing a lot of challenges of funds. So, the school has decided to reduce some teaching staff so as to meet the salaries of those few until further notice..." reads the termination letter signed by the head teacher, Sr. Rosalia John Masawe.

Nate has been a teacher in the nursery section at the school. Adris Lamster Oyang, the Vice Chairperson Jesus Primary School Management Committee, says Nate's termination isn't in anyway related to her February suspension for breastfeeding in the school.

Oyang explains that some partners who have been supporting the school withdrew leaving the entire burden of teacher remuneration, construction and other developments to the little contributions from parents. 


Child Jesus is a private Catholic founded school under the management of priests and reverend sisters.  It is one the biggest and leading academic giant schools in Moroto and Karamoja sub region. 


Statistics from the school show that it has an enrollment of 997 children in the primary section and more than 300 in nursery. There are 34 teachers in primary and eight in nursery. The school charges between Shillings 88,000 to 270,000 per child from nursery depending on the class.


Hillary Okiru, the Moroto Municipal Inspector of Schools and Paul Piramoe, the Head of Uganda Human Rights Commission Moroto Region, say they will investigate the matter to find out whether it is related to the issues of suspension. 


"It is very unfortunate if the school has terminated her contract but like any other organisation, there are policies that govern staff recruitment and termination. We only do an oversight role and inquire into circumstances that led to the new developments" the officers said in separate interviews.

When contacted for comment, Nate said she saw her termination coming, adding that her life has never been the same from the time human rights bodies and other authorities intervened in her suspension. 


"I have been very careful in everything I do both at school and home because my job was at stake since the management was looking for every single opportunity to sack me. Am sure they didn't find any and had to front the issue of funds. I pray to God who gave me this child to intervene since I never had anything like this before this child was born" Nate told URN while shading tears.


Her colleague, Lucy Abura who was also sacked believes the suspension issues caused Nate her job. "For me, I used to challenge my bosses especially if they did something wrong but I never thought it could cost me a job since they were only working related issues but my friend here had her old issues" Abura said. 


Other teachers told URN that until this year, the school had never terminated their contracts except for disciplinary errors. 

 

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