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.
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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Cue out... itunga ngul isisianakinete ."//
William Oleoumo, a
representative of parents on Board also disagrees with the board resolution, saying
the teachers are going nowhere.
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Cue out... paid the money."//
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,”
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.