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Teachers Covid-19 Task Force Reaffirm Continues Sit-down Strike

By Ousainou J. Sawaneh (PrinCE OjeE)
Reacting to the Statement of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education on the payment of teachers’ Covid-19 allowance. The Teachers Covid-19 Task Force Committee has reaffirmed its unwavering stance on the Sit-down strike as over 155 teachers are yet to be paid and others are unaccounted for in some schools.
The committee in a release assured that their stance on the sit-down strike will continue until such a time that the insincerity stops and the needful is done.

The Task Force has described the situation blatant misrepresentation, “Contrary to the proclamation of MoBSE officials at the press conference held on the 17th February 2022, the Covid-19 Task Force Committee, in the strongest possible terms debunks most, If not all the Information therein because it was a blatant misrepresentation of the situation on the ground,” the release said

The task force accused the ministry of making ‘selective’ payment of teachers in the affected regions.

“Over 155 teachers are yet to be paid, and others are unaccounted for in some schools. There seems to have been some selective payments, as some teachers are paid, while others are not until this point, not even a single teacher is paid in some schools in Regions 1 and 3 on that account. The Task Force Committee hereby reaffirms its unwavering stance on the Sit-down strike until such a time that the insincerity stops and the needful is done,” the statement said.

The Task Force further said this act to the teachers’ dismay, was a far cry from the truth adding that they would not do justice to their selves if they do not express their utter disappointment in the GTU for such cowardice and calling off their “attention-seeking” strike when very many teachers were and are not paid.

“Teachers for Change through writing had on several occasions, tried to engage the GTU on the confusing payment criteria and other pressing issues but since February 12th, our request seems to have fallen on deaf ears despite making persistent follow-ups. The GTUCCU again, communicated that they had received monies from the Government, and that teachers, including those without salary accounts with the CCU, should go to any GTUCCU branch to confirm payment.’’ the statement concluded.

signed by Lamin E. Nyassi, Interim IPRO

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