Teachers struggle for entitlements

by Jacob Niru – EM TV, Port Moresby

Building a strong human resource base through education determines the success of a nation.

This will be a worry for PNG if the government and education authorities ignore the basic issues faced by teachers on the ground.

This concern was raised yesterday by teachers, regarding issues about their salaries and other pay entitlements at Fincorp Haus in Port Moresby.

The teachers said issues of underpayments, disadvantaged allowances and other entitlements are very difficult for those in authorities to address.

This has forced many to pay for air freights all the way from rural schools to Port Moresby. The teachers said they are exhausting the little money they have for food and accommodation while waiting for the processing of their queries.

National Education Secretary Dr Michael Tapo, in response, said he understands these issues and has vowed to solve it.

The secretary assured that the teachers will no longer have these issues according to the new decentralisation policy introduced by the O’Neill-Dion government.

Jacob Niru is a UPNG Journalism major at UPNG

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