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Teachers storm into council offices to push for salaries

2nd April 2012
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Services at the Singida District Council on Friday came to a standstill for a while after over 80 teachers stormed into the Council’s offices to push for their salaries, which had been delayed for two months.

The teachers locked in workers of the Council from around 12.30pm to 2pm, refusing anyone to get out or in unless they are assured of their payments that included salaries and refund for fares and cargo shipment.

A trade union chairman in the region, who is also works at the Council, Emmanuel Misholli, saved the day by reporting the matter to the police. Reports say that the teachers refused to open the doors after a lengthy discussion with police officers.

During the discussion, the two parties, i.e. police and teachers, agreed that the latter meet with Council officials at the conference hall for further discussions.

Singida acting district director Joseph Sabore, regional education officer Yusuphu Kipengere, community policing officers and officers from the accounts department all pleaded with the teachers to calm down as their payments were being processed by the government.

Council’s treasurer Bertha Mugwe said that there were some problems in the employment documents of some teachers. However, she said as a temporary solution to the problem, the teachers would be given 150,000/- each, as loan to give the government more time to process their salaries and other dues.

Mugwe said that among other things the government was still correcting errors found in teachers’ documents before their salaries and other allowances were released.

However, some teachers were dissatisfied with her explanation. “We undergo great indignation, I truly resent having chosen this profession, how is 150,000/- going to help us?" complained a female teacher.

For his part, Singida acting district executive director Sabore, refused to speak with journalists.

The teachers were employed on February 1, this year, and they were among 300 posted to work in different schools in Singida District.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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