Serere district was given 20 slots for recruitment of teachers but the District Service Commission recruited 55, in addition to staff in other departments. This left the district with a wage shortfall of more than 664 million Shillings.
Eighty six newly recruited staff of Serere District are
still struggling to execute their duties without pay. The officers recruited
last financial year have gone for eight months without salary.
The 86 officers are among the 120 staff whose recruitment
was marred by irregularities in Serere district. They include 55 Teachers, 22 Parish chiefs and nine Community Development Officers.
Serere district was given 20 slots for recruitment of
teachers but the District Service Commission recruited 55, in addition to staff
in other departments. This left the district with a wage shortfall of more than 664 million Shillings.
Gabriel Otiira, the Assistant Serere Chief Administrative Officer, says there was poor wage analysis, a situation they are handling with
the line ministries. He said that the district has so far secured payment with arrears of seven months for 44 staff who were affected by the same
These include 27 secondary teachers, six drivers, four
secretaries, three records officers, two human resources officers and personal
secretary to the CAO.
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Serere district is struggling with staff shortage of over
40 per cent. The most affected is the Education department that requires more than 300
teachers. The education department has only 1,215 teachers against an enrollment of
85, 590 pupils as per 2019 records.
Serere has had challenges of paying staff especially
teachers. It took the intervention of area MPs in 2018 to save more than 200
teachers from starvation after going eight months without salary.
Joseph Okojo Opit, the Serere LC V Chairperson told members of
the anti-corruption coalition that some of the anomalies in staff payment arise from errant accounting officers.
Opit indicated that more than 300
million Shillings had remained after payment of salaries in October 2019.
But Gabriel Richard Atama, the Serere Chief Administrative
Officer told our reporter that he didn’t have the powers to pay staff
outside the budgetary provisions.