COVID-19 Impact: Ndejje Secondary School Staff Wont Get Salaries Beginning July

Students walk through the Ndejje Senior Secondary School compound.

As the COVID-19 impact continues to hit a number of sectors in the country, the Management of Ndejje Senior Secondary School has written to all staff members notifying them of the suspension of payment of all salaries and allowances.

This was in an internal memo to all staff members authored by the school Head Teacher, Dr. Charles Kahigiriza dated June 25, 2020.

Kahigiriza told all staff members that the decision to suspend all payments was taken by the Board of Governors on grounds that the school has not been operational for now three months and has no money to meet the financial obligations.

“As you recall the government of Uganda in response to COVID-19 pandemic decided to close all educational institutions on 20th March, 2020 and they have not been reopened since then; the source of funds of the school is school fees,” Kahigiriza explained.

The school Head teacher said that without students in school, there is no money to take care of the said financial obligations and as such, all employment contracts have been suspended with effect from July 1st, 2020.

“The contracts shall be reactivated once schools are reopened and therefore the school is able to meet its financial obligations. Despite all this, the staff shall continue to benefit from the medical insurance and rent contribution paid to the landlords by the school,” Kahigiriza noted.

Kahigiriza appreciated the Board of Governors which has paid salaries and allowances to all staff up to May 2020 and has also committed itself to pay 50% of the June Salary as the last payment prior to the suspension of all employment contracts.

“All the staff are required to sign a commitment sheet to be picked from the Secretary to the Head Teacher before the payment of June salary,” Kahigiriza noted.

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