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Kakata: Teachers Erect Roadblocks in Demand of Salary Arrears

About 400 teachers of  Gibi, Marshall and Kakata District in Margibi County last Friday, July 23, erected road-blocks opposite the main gate of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata  demanding 3 months back pay.

The teachers told this paper that government made them to leave their various homes and other assignments for days without receiving their three months salary arrears in Kakata, which they described as unfortunate.

One of the disgruntled teachers, who refused to be named, said the Government has not appreciated their efforts as they are working tirelessly to make sure that the Liberian children get educated.

The teachers’ action was prompted when the Liberian National Police (LNP) and their counterpart, United Nations Missions in Liberia (UNMIL) rush in to have sanity restored. The officers who decided not to use force, appealed to the teachers, and the latter agreed before removing the blockade by the security men.

But following the resolution, the County Education Officer (CEO) of Margibi, William Gizzi expressed dismayed over the behavior of his colleagues (teachers). However, he was relieved of pain when the situation was brought under control after what the teachers then began queuing-up for their three months salary payment.

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