A section of primary school teachers in Gulu has raised concerns over the inconsistent payment of their salaries.
Dozens of teachers in the divisions of Bardege-Layibi and Pece-Laroo have gone without salaries for the last two months despite their colleagues receiving payments. The affected teachers are from 10 primary schools, one secondary school and a
tertiary institution that we annexed to Gulu City
following the creation of Gulu City Administrative Unit.
But the teachers, mostly in Primary schools have complained that
ever since they were brought into the City, their salaries haven’t been
consistently paid. More than 10 of them stormed the Gulu City Council Human resource office
Thursday seeking an answer to the irregular payment of their salaries.
Godfrey Okello, one of the affected teachers employed at Gulu Core Primary Teacher's College, told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that he hasn’t received his salary for the months of May and June this year. According to Okello, despite raising the matter with the office of the Human Resource at Gulu City Council, his problems haven’t been addressed.
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Okello says the inconsistent payment of salaries has left him unable to take care of his needs.
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Another teacher from Bungatira Primary school who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal from City officials equally shares a similar plight. She notes that she didn’t receive her salary for the month of June without any explanation, only to learn much later that her name isn’t on the government payroll despite being on the same payroll for more than 10 years’ now.
She says she was among teachers who also last year failed to get their salaries for four months after they were annexed from the district into Gulu City.
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Gulu City Education Officer Richard Irwenyo acknowledges the teacher's woes but declined to divulge further details saying that their concerns can only be handled by the Human Resource Officer.
Isiah Tumwesigye, the Gulu City Clerk noted that the inconsistent payment of salaries was due to the change in records for paying teachers' salaries from the district vote to the city vote. He however says that the matter is being handled by the Human resource personnel and urged those affected to timely report the matter to ensure the errors are rectified.
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Last year, hundreds of teachers went without salaries for about four months following the annexation of primary, and secondary schools and a tertiary institution from the district inti Gulu City boundaries.