By Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae
More than 500 teaches in Morobe are awaiting their leave entitlements again, after another year of teaching.
Teachers from primary, high and secondary schools had been advised that leave entitlements would be available for collection by early December.
The arrival of their leave entitlements has yet to be delivered by the Morobe Education Division.
Teachers from all schools within Morobe have been standing in queues for the past two weeks awaiting the arrival of their leave entitlements.
Many of them are from other provinces outside of Lae, and they rely on the Provincial Education Division to meet their travel costs.
Samson Amuim, Morobe’s Bulolo School Head Teacher, said he is still awaiting his leave fares so he can go to his village in Gulf’s Baimuru area.
Morobe’s Education Division Senior Assistant, Beri Kalo, explained that there have been cases of misinformation filled out in teachers’ leave forms, causing extra work within the division hence resulting in the delay.
It has been a norm come every end of the year, where teachers crowd up in front of Morobe’s provincial administration chasing after their leave entitlements.
Despite assurances from the Morobe Education Division that leave entitlements will be paid before the festive season, teachers have been standing in long queues to have their queries attended to.
Many have complained that their leave entitlements are not being paid directly to their bank accounts, instead being paid to travel agents.
At least K7 million was budgeted for Morobe teachers’ leave entitlements, however all teachers are yet to fully receive their share.