Districts have been ordered to standardise the recruitment of teachers in their areas to cement any loopholes that currently cause delays in remittance of salaries and in some cases, existence of ‘ghost’ teachers on the payroll.
The call was made by the State Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Mathias Harebamungu, in an interview with The New Times.
He revealed that districts have been recruiting teachers on a monthly basis and the frequent changes in the payrolls raised concerns of possible existence of ghost teachers on the payroll, which led to further scrutiny and hence delays in releasing the salaries.
“We want the districts to always do their recruitments at the beginning of the year and stick to that list because when it changes every month, it becomes difficult for the Finance Ministry which leads to delays in releasing the money,” said Harebamungu.
He also added that the districts will be obliged to send lists of the teachers together with their CVs as a measure to help the concerned authorities in ensuring the authenticity of the lists.
The Minister highlighted the specific six districts that have been having problems with late disbursement of teachers’ salaries as Gasabo, Nyagatare, Gatsibo, Kayonza, Karongi and Muhanga.
“I called the leaders of these districts and cautioned them about the matter because such actions undermine the government’s programme of developing a qualitative education system.”