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August 1, 2021

Teachers Command NIP Education Board To Investigate Funds

The New Ireland Provincial Education Board, and New Ireland Provincial Government, have been called to investigate the non-payment of Mining Enclave Allowance (MEA) to teachers on Lihir Island.

It is alleged that the 5 per cent MEA was diverted to public servants in resource project areas, since 1995.


Londolovit Primary School Headmaster, Otis Moab, said every year teachers have been filling the MEA claims, along with their Resumption Duty Forms, but nothing has ever been done.


“Year in year out teachers always struggle to submit these forms to the Education Division, but have never been paid their allowances”, added Mr Moab.


Over hundred and seventy teachers, from elementary, primary, vocational and secondary schools, are missing out on this payment. Teachers are pressurizing the Provincial Education Board, to commence investigation as this matter is serious.


Other public servants on Lihir affected with MEA claims, are Local Level Government Managers, District Health Managers, Nimamar LLG Project officers and Clerks.

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