Tutors strike over delayed salaries
Posted Sunday, October 6 2013 at 01:00
The Moroto tutors claim they have not received their salaries since April yet their colleagues in other districts have got theirs.
Tutors of Moroto Primary Teachers College in on Friday laid down their tools protesting nonpayment of their salaries.
The tutors, who stormed the office of Moroto Resident District Commissioner, said they had not received their salaries since April. Mr John Okello Dokolem, a tutor, said they went to the RDC’s office to inform him they had gone on a peaceful strike. However, the tutors did not find the RDC in office as he was reportedly out of the district on official duty.
Mr Okello said they had been getting food and other necessities on credit from shops but the shop owners had run out of patience due to accumulated debt. “From April to date, we have been teaching and getting food on credit but the situation has now gone out of control with the shop owners denying us more credit,” he said.
Mr Pax Inziku, another tutor said the delay of salaries had made his children miss second term exams. He said early September, tutors from Moroto Teachers College went to the ministry of education and public service commission and they were assured by the officials that all their salary arrears would be settled by end of last month. “All our colleagues from other colleges in the country have got their salaries, it’s only us in Moroto who have not got salaries,” he said.
They said they will resume teaching after receiving bank messages notifying them of credit on their salary accounts. The effort to get a comment from the college principal, Sr Agnes Lomongin, were futile as her known phone numbers were off and she was reported to be traveling to Kampala for official duties.
The Moroto resident district commissioner, Mr Naman Ojwee, appealed to the tutors to be patient. “Let the tutors be patient, government is aware of their situation and I am sure they are working on it,” he said. Teachers in the country went on a sit-down strike over salary rise at the beginning of the third term. The strike was only suspended recently following talks between Uganda National Teachers’ Association and the government.