South Darfur education strike ends with payment of arrears

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In Sudan
Aug 28th, 2014
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Teachers and staff of the Ministry of Education in South Darfur State have ended their strike after they received their monthly entitlements and arrears on Tuesday.

The Minister of Finance of South Darfur State, Adam Mohamed Adam, told Radio Dabanga that the problem of the delayed payment of the financial entitlements to the teaching staff in the state has been solved.

“The staff of the state’s Ministry of Education received all their dues on Tuesday, thanks to the intervention of Second Vice-President Hassabo Mohamed Abdel Rahman, who contributed to the resolving of the problem.”

Adam added that there is “no party in the state anymore whose salaries have been delayed, or not paid for two months”. He noted, however, that the teachers have not received the delayed salary increases yet.

“The reason behind the delay of the salaries was caused by a shortage of the state’s resources. The resources allocated by the central government to the state are inadequate, and require considerable financial support from the South Darfur State’s resources”.

The educational staff of South Darfur State embarked on a strike more than four weeks ago, in protest against the non-payment of their entitlements accumulated since 2007, amounting to SDG75,000 ($13,100) a person, a member of the state’s Workers’ Union told Radio Dabanga on 16 August. The entitlements included benefits and promotion raises.

‘Security fees’

The Finance Minister denied the imposition of fees on citizens, in support of the security measures, recently taken by the South Darfur State’s authorities in an attempt to curb the rampant insecurity in the state.

“No law has been passed in South Darfur State imposing fees in support of the security measures. What happened is that some sectors volunteered to donate money. These sectors are legal entities, such as the Workers’ Union, which collected a donation by deducting SDG10 ($1.75) from the salaries of its members,” he explained.

File photo: Basic school class in Kabkabya, North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

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