By Sharlyne Eri – EMTV News, Lae
Teachers in Morobe Province, who are yet to register for their National Identification cards, will be using the school holidays to do so, as the Education Department recently moved the deadline from March to December, to allow for those who have missed out.
Inspectors in the province commenced facilitating NID registrations in the province on Monday.
The initial deadline of NID registration for teachers nationwide was set for the 31stof March, however, with a lot of teachers missing out, the Education Department moved the deadline to December 31st.
Huon One inspector Sam Geseng says funding to conduct registrations outside Lae District is an issue, therefore, teachers in outer districts have to travel to Lae.
Teachers also raised concerns on the delay of processing NID cards. Those who have registered and are yet to receive their cards, and want the process to be fast-tracked, as it will allow them to access benefits such as loans and leave fares.
Mr. Geseng said they are aware of the situation, however, it is the job of the Civil Identity Registry to make sure cards are processed on time. Of the 58 thousand-plus registered teachers in the country, only twenty-three thousand plus have registered for NID.
NID registration is part of the one person, one pay and one pay slip policy, particularly for public servants.