Agok secondary school teachers resume teaching after strike

Agok Secondary School headteacher, Mr. Bar Mawien Bar sit outside his office. | Facebook photo.

Thirteen teachers at Agok Secondary School in Abyei Administrative Area who went on a sit-down strike since Friday last week resumed work on Wednesday.

The staff – most contractors laid down tools on Friday last week over what they considered delay of their employment contracts.

They told Abyei FM that they had been teaching since the reopening of the school in May without any formal agreement between them and education department.

The headteacher at the school, Bar Mawien Bar has confirmed that the resumption of work on Wednesday.

The decision to resume teaching came after a committee from education department promised to extend contracts to the striking teachers before the end of this month.

“We met teacher Nyankiir, representative of a delegation from the administration of education. She told us the situation of students and we decided to resume teaching until the end of the month. The deadline is 1st July. After that we shall decide what to do. This is an agreement and we started teaching on Wednesday,” Chan Ariel, one of the teachers who went on strike told Abyei FM on Wednesday.

The Director of Secondary Education in Abyei Administrative Area, Nyankiir Chol Piok says they are waiting for the contracts to be approved by council of administrators.

“To us, the problem of teachers is that they were fearing that we were going to give these teachers different contracts. The Director General of Education, John Ajang sent a letter to the council of…..administrators to approve the contracts indicating 20,000 SSP or an increment,” she says.