Copy of two emails received today in response to yesterday's report at Sudan Watch
entitled South Sudan: State Director for Education denies that 200 unpaid East African teachers in Bentiu want to go home
We have read your article from sudanwatch website and the reporting. Now I want to tell you the full story of East African teachers. Since the beginning of this year, paying our salaries has been a problem. We have been paid only four months this year and every time we are paid it is after a serious demonstration. Actually, now it is worse and we are tired of the job because of non payment and intimidation every time we request to be paid. And now all of us want to go home but we have to be paid first.
We are suprised by the statements of the Director General of Education that few people want to go home. They want to politicise an issue that is obvious. In fact, they have never told teachers who want to go home to write down their names and they refused.
The issue is let the government of Unity State pay East African Teachers and let them go home. It's like we are held hostage here. We cannot move without money because we cannot move to Uganda or Kenya on foot.
Please help us to highlight this issue and if you want any more information please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
East African Teachers Representative.
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I also agree with the east africans because on recieving money in August they first demonstrate and when it came to september there are demonstrating again for their five months pay and when i talked to one of them he said that if the government can no longer afford them, then let it lay them off as they suggest. On being paid 2 months they say that its now two weeks ever since the speaker of parliament gave them this promise and the education Minister no longer wants to see them neither does he talk/communicate to them on what is going on. And now there more scared of the security cause some say better they pay them two months with an Air ticket back to their countries.
Labels: Bentiu, Teachers, Unity