The Parliamentary Referral Committee on Education is calling on teachers nationwide to turn up at designated sites in their respective provinces to air their grievances.
Led by Wabag MP Robert Ganim and his deputy, Goilala MP Daniel Mona, the committee will tour a number of provinces next week to meet with the teachers.
Mr. Mona urged teachers in the Southern region especially Central and Gulf Provinces, to come to Port Moresby on the 31st of March.
He Mona said the committee investigation team will be in Port Moresby on the 31st and will be stationed at the PNG Education Institute, hearing teachers’ complaints between 10am and 1pm.
The MP made the call when presenting a cheque of K5, 000 to the Avabadina primary school situated in the Gabadi area of Central province.
The funding was a token of appreciation for this United Church run school in providing education for the Goilala children living there.
Mr. Mona also announced that the investigation team will be in Mt. Hagen on Mar 17 to hear teachers’ grievances at United Church Youth Centre between 1-3pm, Goroka on Mar 19, 2014 at Youth Centre Hall between 1-3pm, Lae on Mar 21, 2014 at Balop Teacher’s College between 1-3pm, Madang on Mar 24, 2014 at Tusbab Secondary School Hall between 1-3pm, Kokopo on Mar 27, 2014 at Vunapope Conference Centre between 1-3pm, and wind down with Southern region in Port Moresby on Mar 31, 2014.
The investigations into the teachers’ welfare in the country was commissioned by Speaker of Parliament, Theo Zurenuoc and chaired by Wabag Open MP, Robert Sandan Ganim, and comprises other Parliamentarians including Eastern Highlands Governor, Julie Soso, Sandaun Governor, Amkat Mai, and Jimi Open MP, Mai Dop.
This investigation was launched following teachers’ complaints about leave fares, housing and salaries amongst others.
From the K15 billion 2014 national budget, K1.5 billion has been set aside in the Education sector. That is an increase of K160 million from the 2013 allocation.
K1 billion will come under the direct support and management of the Department of Education.
The investigation team will be collecting views from teachers nationwide this month and see to it that funds assigned to assist teachers are used accordingly this year.
Over 38 thousand teachers in the country are urged to make an effort to give his or her view at the selected sites.
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