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Sudan cash shortage – Kassala teachers threaten strike

August 23 - 2018 KASSALA / KHARTOUM
Secondary school in Sudan (File photo: Albert González Farran/Unamid
Secondary school in Sudan (File photo: Albert González Farran/Unamid

Teachers in Kassala state have threatened to strike after the holiday of Eid El Adha because of the non-payment of the Eid grant and salary for August.

The teachers’ committee in Kassala said in a statement that the workers in all government institutions, especially the security and policing agencies, have been paid the grant and the salary, except the teachers.

They called in statement for dissolving the education union for its negative role in the crises experienced by education workers.

Cash shortage

A chronic shortage of cash in Sudan left many government workers and teachers without funds for Eid El Adha. On the eve of the holiday, Banks operating in Khartoum and its suburbs have seen early morning crowds to get a little of their savings to cover their Eid needs to no avail. A bank source said there were no funds in the coffers of the Bank of Sudan to be disbursed to banks to meet customers’ demands.

As reported by Radio Dabanga last week, the Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS) has issued an oral order to banks reducing the amount of cash withdrawals to customers from SDG 2,000 (*$70) to SDG 1,000 ($35).

* Based on the indicative US Dollar rate quoted by the Central Bank of Sudan (CboS)

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