Teachers in Yei demand increase of their salaries

Hassan Arun Cosmas-Yei

Teachers in Yei River County of Central Equatoria State are calling on the government to improve their salary as schools resume for candidates classes this week.

They made the call on Monday during the World teachers’ Day.

Speaking to Juba Monitor Dominic Kimoi, a teacher at Christ the King Primary school explained that teachers mold societies
but their services are least appreciated in the communities.

“We teachers have faced a lot of challenges before and after the
coronavirus, people don’t value and appreciate our work despite being molders of the societies, and now that schools are re-opening our accounts are reading empty. We don’t know if it will be a good move because re-opening of the schools may risk learners into contracting the virus,” Kimoi said.

Chrispus David, head teacher of St. Paul Secondary School
admits that they need a lot of support in terms of feeding and payment in order to convince the other teachers who might have started doing their individual projects to come back and take their responsibilities.

He called on the partners to extend their supporting hands to the
schools and urges the government to consider and treat the schools equally by supporting both government and private schools together.

“We really needed to be supported by the government and partners in order to remain in the classes because without that support believe me most of the teachers will desert the profession,” David appealed.

Tereka Patrick, a teacher of Christ the king primary school commented that teachers were unable to cater for their families after the closure of the schools.
“Teachers have become vulnerable after schools were closed by the government as a measure to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic because there was nothing for us to sustain our families,” said Tereaka.

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