PNGTA To Submit Review To Parliamentary Committee

PNG Teachers Association has blamed the Education Department’s, Alesco Payroll System, for much of the problems associated with teachers’ salaries, and entitlements.

PNGTA Executives said unless this system is upgraded or replaced, teachers will continue to miss out, or face similar problems every school year.


The Alesco Payroll system was one of the issues included in a submission that will be presented to the Parliamentary Committee.


The PNG Teachers Association, representing over 18, 000 registered members, says the Education Department’s Alesco Payroll System wasn’t suitable for Teachers, because they say teachers are mobile public servants, thus, unlike other public servants, teachers get posted from one school to another every year, and it affects their salaries and entitlements.


This is one of the main issues captured in a submission, the Teachers Union will submit to the parliamentary review Investigation Committee on the Disbursement of Teachers’ Salaries, and Entitlements.


The review is the first of its kind for the country. It was welcomed by the PNG Teachers Association Executives. They spent the last two weeks working on a submission. 


Among other issues in the submission, they want the Roles and Responsibilities of the Teaching Service Commission, and the Education Department to be clarified.


Currently, the Teaching Service Commission employs teachers, but the Education Department is responsible for their salaries and entitlements. The Union believes, this is one of the contributing factors, to on-going problems faced by teachers in the country.

The PNG TA Executives also want to see positive outcomes from the review, and don’t want it to be another parliamentary document, that will be swept under the rug. They will be presenting the submission to the parliamentary committee tomorrow, and testify as witnesses next week.

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