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The BOG resolved recently to terminate the services of 10 teachers and none teaching staff who are not on the Government payroll. James Abukai, the representative of Old students on the Board, says they resolved to terminate the services of the teachers and none teaching staff because of poor enrollment.
29 Jul 2019 09:59
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There is a disagreement between the Parent Teacher’s Association and Board of Governor, Usuk Secondary School in Katakwi district over a decision to terminate the services of teachers who are not on the government Payroll.

 

The BOG resolved recently to terminate the services of 10 teachers and none teaching staff who are not on the Government payroll. 

James Abukai, the representative of Old students on the Board, says they resolved to terminate the services of the teachers and none teaching staff because of poor enrollment.  

“The enrolment has dropped and the work load has also reduced so the school no longer needs the services of Teachers paid by PTA. We don’t want the school to incur more debts,” he said.  

Fr. Gonzaga Opio, the Usuk SS BOG chairperson, declined to comment about the decision to terminate the teachers. He however, said the BOG has a plan to clear the arrears of staff paid by PTA.       

According to information URN obtained from some of support staff, their termination letters are ready and are only waiting for the day when the RDC addresses teachers, students, BOG and PTA.  

However, the resolution of the BOG to terminate the teachers has not gone well with the PTA members. Charles Okude, the PTA chairperson told our reporter that they were never consulted on the decision to terminate the staff paid by PTA.  

He faults the procedure used by the BOG to terminate staff paid by PTA. 

“The teachers and support staff had a right to demand for their salary arrears because they worked for it. After failure by the school administration to respond, that is the reason teachers went on strike’’ he explained.  

Kokas Openya, the PTA Vice Chairperson has vowed not to support the termination of staff paid by PTA. He says the termination of the staff may have legal implications.  

“I am worried that Usuk SS is likely to close again if the teachers are terminated when they have appointment letters,” he said.   

Openya says the school should first consider paying the affected teachers before handing them termination letters.   

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William Oleoumo, a representative of parents on Board also disagrees with the board resolution, saying the teachers are going nowhere.   

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One of the affected teachers told URN on condition of anonymity that they are aware that the BOG has terminated their services but what they are demanding is their salary arrears.     

“Before I am handed my termination letter, i want all my arrears to be paid and the BOG should be notified,” he said.   The other affected staff includes a librarian, Secretary, Nurse, office attendants, Laboratory Technicians (2), school drivers, cleaners (2), Cooks (3), watchmen (2) and Matron among others.    

The school was closed in June 12, 2019 on the directives of the Education and Sports Ministry officials over failure by school management to pay teachers and support staff for over a year.  Usuk SS was re- opened on July 22, 2019.