No government school closed in Maridi, says state minister
The Western Equatoria State Minister of Education denied the allegations that all government schools in Maridi County were closed on Wednesday.
The minister was reacting to viral social media claims that government school teachers in Maridi had gone on strike to compel the county commissioner to explain the whereabouts of the SSP 1,000,000 sent from Yambio.
The social media rumours alleged that the education director was arrested and detained after he asked for the money a few weeks ago, and now all government schools are closed.
When contacted by The City Review yesterday, Grace Apollo, the state education minister, rubbished the information.
“There is nothing like that; schools are working, and as I am talking, people (teachers) are receiving their salaries in Maridi,” she said.
“When we send money to counties, there is nothing more to be deducted from their salaries. So, as I am talking, they are receiving their salaries.”
Apollo added that all government schools were operating as usual and the teachers were on duty.
“Government schools are moving on well after the order by the president (free education), and schools are full. Last week, I was in Nzara to witness the back-to-learning programme; it was successful because the enrolment of the learners is good,” she explained.
However, she said that teachers have been complaining about the low salaries, and she told them to be patient as the new budget for the fiscal year 2023–2024 is being worked on.
“I told them since the government is working on the new budget, maybe after passing the budget, the salary will be raised,” she said.