Instructors at East African Civil Aviation Academy in Soroti have staged a strike over none-payment of their rent allowances for the past two months. The instructors laid down their tools on Wednesday paralyzing studies at the school.
An instructor who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says despite receiving their salaries, they can’t spend it on house rent because it is too little. Our reporter who visited the school this morning, found students standing infront of the administrators as the instructors were locked up in their offices.
URN also saw the aircrafts used to instruct students parked on the run way. Ronald Lodiong, the director East African Civil Aviation Academy, has confirmed that the instructors have not received their house rent for the months of December and January.
Lodiong says he was only notified about the strike on phone as he was away in Entebbe. By the time of filing this report the instructors were locked up in a meeting with the school director.
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The academy, commonly known as Soroti Flying School, was established in 1971 to train pilots and aircraft engineers for the East African market. It is one of the few institutions that survived the collapse of the first East African Community in 1977.