Over ten thousand teachers in the highlands region, are calling for the abolishment of the Teaching Service Commission.
Teachers made this call to the Parliamentary Referral Committee on Education in Mount Hagen and Goroka, during their investigation tour on teachers’ welfare nationwide.
They said the commission has been around prior to Independence, but little has been done about their long standing issues, including salary increments, allowances, leave fares, appointments, housing, and other such entitlements.
The parliamentary committee on education visited teachers in the Highlands region this week.
It was a massive turnout. Some 15 thousand teachers flocked to Mount Hagen, and Goroka to air their views to the committee.
Chairman and Wabag MP Robert Ganim, his Deputy and Goilala MP Daniel Mona, and committee member and Jimi MP, Mai Dop, were in Mount Hagen and Goroka, to hear and collect the views of the teachers in the highlands region.
Among concerns, was the abolishment of the Teaching Service Commission.
They argued that the commission is to blame for all the problems faced by teachers in the country.
The TSC is the employer of some 45,000 teachers at elementary, primary, and secondary level in schools throughout the country.
The teachers said they wanted the Teaching Service Commission abolished.
They said the commission has been around prior to Independence, but little has been done about their long standing issues including salary increment, allowances, leave fares, appointments, housing, and other such entitlements.
PRCE was in Hagen on Mar 17 and Goroka on Mar 19. The team is now heading to Lae. They will be in Madang on Mar 24, Kokopo on Mar 27, and Port Moresby on Mar 31.
The committee has assured the teachers that, drastic measures will be taken to address their concerns.
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