School authorities in the primary sector are in a state of worry these days as government is failing to pay subsidies for hundreds of children.
The non-payment has spanned over three terms, a head teacher lamented to Awoko yesterday.
He indicated that the former government left office without paying third term subsidies and now the APC government had turned a blind eye to the issue.
“How do they expect us to run the schools and take care of the auxiliary staff?” He fumed, stressing that, “government should consider seriously whether they will continue with the scheme or call it quit and allow parents to take up their responsibilities.”
The school head claimed that they were expecting much more from the government towards addressing this stalemate that had plagued the educational sector since the scheme’s inception.
“If it is not late payment of salaries, it would be non payment of newly recruited teachers “, he fumed.
Also in for some bashings was the Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union (SLTU) which the head described as just collecting dues and doing sweet nothing to salvage their plights.
However, sources at the Education ministry denied the allegations stressing that school heads should check with their employing agents why the delay in the disbursement of school subsidies.
“How can they continue to blame us at the Education ministry, when we have decentralized that aspect to the Freetown City Council”, an officer at the Education ministry commented.