Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 21, 2009 — Dozens of
Somaliland teachers demonstrated on Thursday in front of the Ministry of
Education in Hargeysa, complaining about the lack of payment.
The teachers say they had not been paid any salary for the last three
A spokesperson for the teachers said a small allowance raised from
parents of the students is largely divided between the ministry and the
head-teachers of the schools. He added that the teachers only receive a
token amount of that money.
The teachers, who teach at schools in all levels up to the high school,
say after several months of no payment they were left with no other
options but to demonstrate in front of the ministry.
Thursday’s demonstration comes hot on the heels of reports of government
receiving a new patch of printed money. Eye-witnesses say four
containers containing the newly printed Somaliland shilling arrived at
Berbera port this week and were swiftly hauled to Hargeysa.