Abidjan, 25 April, 2020 / 2:04 am (ACI Africa).
Bishops in Ivory Coast have called on the Catholic Education Secretariat to “maintain the jobs and salaries of employees” in the West African nation despite challenges occasioned by COVID-19.
The call was made in a Press Release in which the Bishops, under their umbrella body of Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) invited “the Catholic Education Secretariat to maintain the jobs and salaries of staff and to enter into negotiations with them on the modalities in case of difficulties in paying.”
In their April 23 statement, the Bishops also urged the Education Secretariat “to give priority to the payment of salary arrears accrued when schools were closed.”
Catholic schools and universities have been closed in Ivory Coast since March 17 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This closure, according to the Catholic Education Secretary, Fr. Jean Luc N'dreman, has plunged the learning institutions into serious financial difficulties.