Teachers Issue 21 Day Ultimatum as SLPP Free Education Stands On Slippery Slope
With the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) government already faced with many hurdles to successfully implement its flagship program – Free Education, including lack of funds from donor partners and lack of school infrastructure among many other challenges, another salt has been added to the many injuries the government has in the Free Education implementation which now stands on a slippery slope that may fall to the gutters anytime soon as Voice of Teachers Sierra Leone, a voluntary association comprising vibrant teachers across the country has expressed grave concerns over the neglect attitude portrayed by the government when it comes to their welfare.
The above organization has issued 21 days ultimatum to government to increase the salaries of teachers from Le 750,000 to Le 6,000,000.
In nationwide interviews conducted by this medium, huge numbers of teachers have registered their dissatisfaction towards the intent neglect that the Presidency of His Excellency, Retd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio is demonstrating to them as they are the hub in enhancing national growth. They expressed serious disappointment with regards the percentage that has been apportioned to them in the 2019 Budget and that the meager 5% increase is nothing to write home about, taking the present hyper inflationary situation to cognizance.
It is on those backdrops that 21 days ultimatum has been given to government functionaries to do something spontaneous relatable to their poor conditions of service as they are rendering quality services to the nation with high level of professionalism. Through Sierra Express Media, they are sending strong message to President Bio not to ignore their concerns and not just dialogue with SLTU as their interest have not been met for far too long. They disclosed that they are not working contrary to their parent body (SLTU) but are just focusing on putting the records straight for the betterment of Sierra Leonean teachers across the country.
According to the aforementioned association, they unearthed to SEM that it was sad when they confirmed that the Teaching Service Commission is to recruit 213 teachers for 29 schools approved in Kenema when the alarming issues of the existing ones are not yet addressed.
By: Allieu Badara Kamara
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