Six head teachers in Nyong Payam, Torit County in Eastern Equatoria State have been suspended.
The primary school head teachers have been sent packing by the Torit County Director of Education El-Amin Karar Amanya over what he said are administrative issues.
Amanya said that the suspended head teachers had defied protocol as they sought to follow up on issues around their salaries.
‘’These teachers should have followed the appropriate order instead of taking matters upon their own hands. Ideally, they should have gone through the Payam administrator, the Payam education supervisor and then to the County Education Director instead of the approach they used”, said Amanya.
He added that the head teachers had also failed to resolve misunderstandings between their respective administrations and the Parent Teachers’ Associations over fees collections.
“They have also persistently failed to administer teaching and learning processes in their schools. This has in turn affected learning in most schools as pupils have decided to stay at home”, said the official.
The six are Angelo Oduma of Torit East Primary School, Trubilish Rogato of Torit Model Primary School, Wisly Ali of Torit One Primary School, Anthony Agira of Dr John Garang Primary School, Odera Charles of Airport View Primary School and Anthony Irra Kenyi of AIC primary school.
When contacted, the suspended head teachers refuted the Education Director’s allegations, saying he had acted against South Sudan Public Service regulations.
They claimed that the official had subjected them to physical torture by reporting them to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office in Torit over allegations that they were plotting a demonstration.
Amanya said that the suspended teachers will be cross-examined by a 7-member committee headed by his Deputy and Nyong Payam’s Educatioin Supervisor.