Accounts of CES ministry of education frozen

Accounts of CES ministry of education frozen
The council of ministers approve a budget for 2022-2023 financial year, which is an increment of SSP524 billion from the previous budget.

The Central Equatoria State Ministry of Education is investigating the freezing of its accounts that resulted in the delay in paying teachers’ salaries for July.

The process, which began last Friday, is yet to establish who froze the accounts without prior notification and for what reason.

According to the ministry’s senior officials, the issue was unknown until the finance officials went to withdraw the salaries of teachers for the month of July, only to be told that the account was frozen.

A source told City Review that they met the state minister of education, Cirisio Zakaria, over the matter, but he too ‘‘does not know the reason for the freezing of the accounts’’.

 “We met with the minister and he does not even know the reason so we want to go and find out from the Central Equatoria Secretariat the reason,” said the source, who preferred anonymity.

Since April 2022, Central Equatoria State government has been getting teachers’ salaries from the budget of the national ministry of general education and instruction.

When contacted yesterday, Zakaria confirmed the incident but gave an assurance that the mistake would be rectified.

He said the teachers would start getting their salaries from today (Tuesday).

“We followed the issue and it was not something intentional.” It happened by mistake and now they have solved the matter. “The teachers will begin receiving their salaries tomorrow (today) on Tuesday,” said Mr. Zakaria.

South Sudanese teachers are among the lowest-paid civil servants. Besides, the little the get does not come on a regular basis.  Currently, teachers are awaiting pay for July 2022. However, the education section has been allocated SSP 92 billion, including over 1.3 billion allocated for teachers’ salaries.

It remains unclear whether the allocation would only cover the recent 100 per cent teachers’ salary increment or the anticipated further adjustment in line with the current market demand.