Catholic church staff payments halted over Covid19

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The Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) will not be paying employees in the Catholic Church privately-owned education institutions as a result of Covid19.

The communication is contained in a letter addressed to all diocesan and archdiocesan education officers, Rev Fr Ronald Okello, the National Executive Secretary for education at Uganda Episcopal Conference.

UEC advised that given the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, the dioceses should suspend payments of all staff in privately owned schools.

“You need to notify your staff and mutually agree on unpaid leave especially those on active contracts,” Rev Fr Okello’s letter.

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He adds that the education institutions should also, notify the National Social Security Fund and Uganda Revenue Authority to avoid penalties of statutory deductions.

Rev Fr Okello explains that most of the Church-run schools are run on charity and money paid by learners in the form of school fees whose taps have been cut off for more than four months leaving the church with no other alternatives to keep the payroll running.

The Catholic Church through its dioceses, archdioceses and several specialised departments, owns over 6,000 education institutions employing hundreds of thousands of both staff and support workers. However, a portion of them is grant funded by the government.

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