Teachers detain Director General over unpaid incentives in Bor

By James Atem Kuir

Disgruntled secondary school teachers in Bor Town, Jonglei State have locked the State Education Director General, Abel Manyuon and secondary education Director, Francis Mayen in office over delay and non-payment of incentives for nine months.

According to Ateny Jacob Akoy, the secretary of the teachers’ union, the educators decided to confine the administrators to their offices after learning that Director General, Abel Manyuon allegedly blacklisted some schools and took them to the Ministry of General Education and Instruction to be disqualified from benefiting from the incentive program.

“The Director General went further and submitted some ten names of schools to the undersecretary of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction to be replaced in the system simply because they are giving him headache in the state. We have discovered this and we have seen the document from the undersecretary in Juba,” Mr. Akoy told Juba Monitor yesterday.

He said that the teachers will keep the Education Director General in his office until they are paid their full incentives totaling to more than 19.6 million South Sudan Pounds arrears for nearly 10 months.

“We will keep them inside that office until we are paid our money, those who will rescue them are those who will come with the nine months incentives, this is when we will release them, anything less than this, we will not accept!” he said.

Meanwhile, one of the teachers protesting Philip Wuoi Ayuen said they will neither let go off the Director General nor leave the compound of the State Ministry of Education until the last penny of their arrears is surrendered to the teachers.

“We will not allow them to get out; they will stay inside the office until our money is paid fully,” Mr. Ayuen said.

The teachers also said the governor of the State, Denay Jock Chagor had earlier intervened and promised to solve the saga between them and the state education authorities but failed to live up to his words.

The same teachers had protested twice last month demanding the payment of their incentives but the Director General Abel Manyuon denied having received any money from the National Ministry of Education since the beginning of this year.

But the Undersecretary in the MoGE &I said the government had paid incentives to all teachers in all states including Jonglei up to the Month of March year.

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