Dodoma. The government owes teachers in Bahi district Sh88 million in the salary component of promotions, vacation allowances and transport stipend for retired teachers.
Chairman for the Tanzania Teacher’s Union (CWT) in Bahi Samwel Mlugu said the education ministry had failed to act on their demands despite several reminders for many years.
He said the delay had lowered the morale of teachers, as a consequence of which their performance during the new academic year would be poor.
“Most teachers are working in a difficult environment, as most of them live in dilapidated houses, and the salaries they get does not reflect rising expenses,” he said.
Mr Mlugu called on the government to pay teachers and restore their morale.
“The government must also explore the possibility of salary increments so as to enable teachers meet their basic demands,” he appealed. The newly appointed minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Dr Joyce Ndalichako recently blamed the deteriorating quality of education in the country on the poor working environment of teachers. She vowed to spur the life and working environment of teachers from across the country as part of her ministry’s mission to improve the quality of the crucial sector.