Education

ARUA TEACHERS STRIKE OVER UNPAID SALARY ARREARS

By Moses Alinda

ARUA: Teachers of St Leo Education Centre Nursery and Primary School in Arua City on Monday morning staged a strike.

The strike follows failure of school to pay the teachers’ salaries and arrears they are demanding from the school but instead recruited new teachers from high risk Ebola areas of the central region.

Drama started as the teachers were tipped that the school administration had brought new teachers to replace the old ones who are demanding arrears for the last 3 month and were already in class teaching.

It’s alleged that six teachers from central Uganda have arrived at the school ready for work and four more are still on the way.

This forced the old teachers to enter classes and pull them out which caused commotion and the school had to deploy the police in every corner of the school.

The West Nile Region Police Spokesperson Josephine Angucia said that the police was alerted by the school administrators to go and arrest the teachers who had gone rampant pulling new teachers from the classes.

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The police had to deploy their officers in all the corners so that the teachers did not destroy school property.

“You can’t enter and teach our classes when we are still demanding. Pay our money if you want to teach or else get out of the class,” angry teachers lamented.

On the arrival of police all the old staff both teaching and non teaching camped at Arua central police station where they had reported a case earlier.

Olema George a teacher at St Leo nursery and primary school who spoke to UGReports said that the school should clear their arrears and salaries so that they can leave the school in peace since they no longer have trust in them and have resorted to new teachers.

He said they have given the school an ultimatum of 48 hours to clear their money.

Chadri Bernard, a parent of the school condemned the act of failing to pay the teachers and instead recruit new ones.

He said Arua has competent teachers who can do quality work thus no need to transport teachers from other regions who may fail to understand the learners at the last moment.

He emphasized that the school should clear the teachers since they also have other costs to meet such as rent, feeding, transport among others.

The old teachers had rumors of the arrival of new teachers on Sunday which prompted them to open a case at Arua central police station before the action they took the following day.

By the time of compiling this story, efforts to get a way forward from the school administrators went futile as they were all unwilling to talk to the media.

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