The spokesperson for hundreds of dissatisfied teachers in Bo, John Kelfala has told Awoko that his group will stop teaching if the government does not pay their eight months backlog of salary by the end of this month.Mr Kelfala, a teacher at the UMC Junior Secondary School Javomba in Bo, said they had been complaining to the Deputy Director of Education in Bo, Paul Lappia to facilitate the payment of their salaries. He said every time they had gone to his office, all they had got was “empty promises”.
“They tell us that finance have already prepared our vouchers for payment and the following month our salaries will be paid. But this same massage has continued every month in eight months.” He said, fuming: “we will not take it any longer”.
The affected teachers, continued John, come from more than 10 primary and junior secondary schools in Bo among them National Islamic Secondary School, RC Madona-Sewa road, Ansarul Junior secondary school-New London, SLCC Dambala and Methodist Primary School.
Observers say if the threatened strike goes ahead later this month, it will adversely affect pupils in Bo who face the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for junior secondary school.