Teachers boycott classes over alleged embezzlement of SSP 56M
A group of teachers from Jonglei State on Thursday staged a peaceful demonstration over the alleged embezzlement of funds by suspected officials from the state ministry of education.
According to educators, the state cannot account for about SSP 56 million that was advanced to them by the national ministry of education.
The fund was to go towards confirmation of consolidated pay, replacement of the deserted teachers, and clarification on the teacher’s incentives, of which none has been made to date.
“There are few individuals involved in the embezzlement because we asked the minister but he refused to detail how he used the money,” Daniel Chol, the Secretary-General, Jonglei Teachers Union, told City Review.
Chol claimed that the local government called the police on demonstrators.
“The police were called by the ministry officials to intimidate us but we are peacefully protesting against this nature of embezzlement,” said Daniel.
The teachers are now threatening to boycott classes unless their grievances are addressed.
Ruot Yoal Nyuon, Director General in the state ministry of education said the matter will be handled at the national level.
“The teacher presented their complaints to the ministry today (Thursday) but the minister for education had travelled to Juba. The top-up is something to be addressed by the national ministry of education.” Yoal said.
He added that the national minister is expected to arrive in the state next week to address the situation.