A group of elementary school teachers in Vietnam are going on their sixth month straight of no paychecks even though the academic year has already concluded.
The eight affected teachers were employed as contract workers during the 2021-22 school year, which ended last month, at Dong Linh Elementary School in north-central Thanh Hoa Province.
They completed the assignments given by the school administration and their duties as per the conditions of their contracts, which specified that they would receive a monthly wage of VND2.78 million (US$120) each, as well as payment for teaching extra classes and monitoring semi-boarding students.
The school fully paid the eight teachers from September to December last year, according to a contract teacher.
“However, we’ve been paid nothing since January of this year,” one of the eight teachers said.
"The school’s explanation was that they didn’t have it in their budget."
In response to a request by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper regarding the issue on Wednesday, Le Thanh Dong, a senior education official, admitted that the school had not yet paid the eight teachers and pledged to settle their salaries in the coming days.
More than 200 teachers were hired as contract employees in the 2021-22 school year across Thanh Hoa City, which is the provincial capital, according to Dong.
Most of them were fully paid with funds from the city and local school budgets, the education official affirmed.