of Islamic and Arabic Education in The Gambia (AMANA) secretary Essa Darboe has
reacted to what he called allegations levelled against his office by some
teachers who, he said were calling themselves as “AMANA Teachers for Change.”
Mr. Darboe said some of those teachers who are claiming for the payment of their benefits were not even appointed by AMANA, saying the financial aspect they are complaining about is not the responsibility of the secretariat but their main sponsor: the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE). “These teachers never approached us to discuss the matter but we only heard it in the media which to me is difficult to talk about,” Darboe held.
Earlier on, teachers under AMANA General Secretariat called on The Gambia government and its line ministry to ensure a level playing field in the profession and to pay all their benefits and others dues.
Alim Saidykhan, deputy chairman of the newly constituted committee of AMANA English and Arabic teachers told journalists at a recent press briefing that the AMANA administration had not yet paid them their benefits.
He said AMANA teachers are not also receiving equal salary and other benefits like government teachers and they have the same qualification and graduated the same year. He said there are differences between government and AMANA pay scale for teachers.
According to him, what they are demanding from AMANA include early payment of their salaries, payment of D1, 000 as transport allowance and equal pay salary with Government teachers and payment of their SSHFC contributions.
“We wrote to AMANA, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) and The Gambia Teachers Union (GTU) but we did not yet receive any positive response from any of them,” he said.
Muhammed Cham, another affected teacher explained that he qualified as a teacher in 2016 but throughout 2016 and 2017, he has never been paid by AMANA.
He indicated that in 2018, he was supposed to be paid D2, 990 but AMANA deducted D65.00 from that amount. “I received the said salary against my will but I really know that AMANA is not fair to me and there is nothing I can do about it but to receive it,” Cham stated.