By Modou Lamin Jobe
The Gambia Teachers Union has asked the government to settle a whopping D73, 266, 135.00 of unpaid monies owed to schools this year or else they will be force to ask their members to stage a sit-down strike.
The Union demanded that the monies be paid on or before 19th July 2023, and failure to do so, the union will sit and come up with their conditions they conclude.
Speaking a press conference held at the Union’s head offices in Kanifing, Essa Sowe, deputy secretary of the union said: “The government has not paid D26, 035,619.00 due for the 2nd Term SIG, D15, 110, 516.00 due for the 3rd Term SIG and D42, 120, 000.00 due for textbooks meant for use in schools. The total amount is D73, 266, 135.00 of unpaid monies owed to schools since the beginning of the 2022/23 Academic Year.|
He said the union officials are not happy with the government’s inaction in doing its obligation as per the payment of the SIG, adding that the delay in the payment of the grant, Union officials say, has a huge effect on effective teaching and learning in schools.