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Upper Nile unable to pay striking teachers

Author : Joakino Francis | Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Teachers and lecturers in public institutions across the country have not been paid salaries for almost a year

Upper Nile State Education Ministry says it is still unable to resolve the sit-in strike over salaries by teachers.

The strike was sparked off by the non-payment of the teachers’ salaries for the month of June.

“The demands as you know it is not actually up to me, because I’m not the one dealing with financial matters, when this thing happened I was actually away. I was in Juba,” said the state Minister for Education, Daniel Wuor Joak.

“My ministry has no money to pay wages owed to the teachers.”

Nevertheless, Mister Wuor assured the striking teachers that his ministry will look for ways to respond to their demands.

“We’re working very hard to make sure that their dues are paid and that they resume their activities as soon as possible.”

The strike, which has been ongoing for over three weeks, is about the non- payment of June salaries.

The Chairman of Workers’ Union in the state, Adwok Othoul Ajang told Eye Radio last month that the State Ministry of Finance had promised payments by mid-July.

In the meantime, schoolchildren are staying at home.

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