Staff at Ndejje Secondary School have become a victim of the current Covid-19 pandemic after the school suspended their salaries and allowances, a decision taken due to lack of money to meet these financial obligations.
In a June 25 internal memo to all staff, the school Head teacher, Dr. Charles Kahingiriza said the board of Governor instructed the school management to suspend indefinitely payment of all salaries and allowances of all staff of the school.
“The source of funds of the school is school fees. Therefore, without students in school, there is no money to take care of financial obligations. Thus all employment contracts are hereby suspected with effect from July 1” reads in part the internal memo.
The Head teacher said that however, despite all this, the staff continue to benefit from the medical insurance and rent contribution paid to the landlord by the school. It has also committed itself to pay 50% of the June salary as the last payment prior to the suspension of all payments contracts.
He further notes that all the staff are required to sign a commitment sheet to be picked from the Secretary to the head teacher before the payment of the June salary. In case, not later than 29 June.
The head teacher explains that it will be reactivated once schools are reopened and therefore, the school is able to meet its functional obligations.
In April, the sister school, Ndejje University suspended staff payments and advised them to use the money they had with caution because it could be what they were left with until the university opened.
The university cleared salaries for March since the university was closed following a presidential directive on coronavirus measures on March 20.