Juba, July 5, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudanese teachers are planning a huge demonstration to show their dissatisfaction over government failure to pay their salaries, a Juba University lecturer who talked exclusively with the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) and demanded anonymity for fear of reprisal said on Friday.
The lecturer explains that teachers have been teaching for moths without pay and that the government promised to give them at least three months back payments but ever did.
“Teachers had on several occasions met with government officials and were promised to receive three months salaries last month [June]. It is now July and none of them receive any salary yet,” the lecturer explains, adding, “Government is only paying salaries of those who are in top leadership in schools and some departments heads. Most teachers teach without pay and their families need food. This is not good. The government needs to change its non-payment policy.”
The lecturer, however, did not say when the protest will begin.
South Sudan’s government has a history of not paying its civil servants including soldiers.
A leaked document published in the media last month revealed that the government has not been paying regular soldiers and civil servants. The document also claims that South Sudan Members of Parliaments (MPs) threatened not to back 2019-2020 budget proposal unless the finance ministry pays both soldiers and civil servants.