The Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union has issued an ultimatum to all stakeholders in the education sector saying they should meet their responsibilities to newly-recruited teachers as well as pay school subsidies.
Issued on Thursday, the union says it will resume its suspended strike action if the new teachers employed in September and January are not paid their salaries before the end of this week.
A usually reliable source at the Ministry’s inspectorate confirmed to Awoko over the weekend that some 50 schools did not receive subsidy for the first term.
The source said 25 of the affected schools had no bank accounts as required before subsidies are paid, while the others were omitted due to an anomaly, which the source said had now been corrected and the schools would paid in the coming days.
Commenting on the issue of the unpaid teachers, the source said government would “soon” settle deal with those arrears.
Other sources at the ministry’s treasury department expressed doubt the arreas would be paid before September.