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Wulu education director to be investigated over pay cut to teaching staff

By Manyang Mayom

October 27, 2010 (RUMBEK) – The education director of Wulu county in Lakes state has been heavily criticized from teachers over payment salary cut without proper reason Sudan Tribune has learnt.

William Koji Kirjok, Wulu county education director been accused of cutting the salaries of over 200 teachers working in remote areas.

An official did not want to be named said told Sudan Tribune that the county’s education director had created his own pay sheet separate from official pay sheet of the ministry of education in Rumbek, capital of Lakes state.

The new pay sheet is dedicated to three Payam comprised with Bahr-gel, Makundi and Domuloto which have high number of schools and workers, said the official.

According to the source, this has caused 145 unclassified workers, classroom helpers, not to receive their salary since 2008.

Wulu County had 31 primary school and one senior secondary school owned by government. The county education is served by 264 teachers and 145 unclassified staffs.

The reason behind the failure to pay the staff “is unclear” according to the source.

Commenting on the allegation county Commissioner Gideon Shilur said: “I will not defend someone who can spoil Wulu County in my present term – this present mess up is full responsibility of Mr. William Koji Kirjok and I [will] set up [a] committee to investigate him”.

The Commissioner said that he had allegations about Kerjok’s “messes in [the] education department” since he took over the county administration.

But the education director said that the money saved by the pay cut was being used in other development and education projects.

“Yes, I do cut money because I use them for county development as well operation cost of […] county education activities”, Kerjok said.

Charles Mayen Manyang, deputy director of Wulu county, said that payment of teachers in Wulu is done according to their grade of public services.

Grade 7 employees, for example, usually receive SDG 810 ($340) a month he said. But according to the Lakes state ministry of finance grade seven civil servants usual receive SDG 1,100 ($460)a month.

In September students in Wulu county went on strike to protest low pay and pay cuts for their teachers.

Numerous students and some teachers were arrested and detained after school buildings.

(ST)