Sabahi (Washington, DC)

26 April 2013

Tanzania: Arrears Have Not Been Paid, Tanzanian Teachers' Union Says

The Tanzania Teachers' Union (TTU) has denied government claims that 52 billion shillings ($32 million) in arrears were paid to primary and secondary school teachers, Tanzania's The Guardian reported on Friday (April 26th).

Minister of Education and Vocational Training Shukuru Kuwambwa told parliament on Wednesday that the arrears had been paid, which TTU President Gratian Mukoba has denied.

"We have a document from the president's office [public service management] permanent secretary showing that there are no payments made to teachers as stated by the minister," Mukoba said. "TTU and the government are still in negotiations over the matter and no agreement has been reached."

Mukoba said that the government owes teachers 30 billion shillings ($18.5 million) in salary arrears, and 22 billion ($13.5 million) in other allowances.

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