LATE payment of salaries is affecting lecturers at the Lutheran School of
Nursing in Madang.
A group of 16 frustrated lecturers expressed concerns
about the late payments.
College principal Vitus Amugar confirmed this,
saying the late payment of lecturers’ salaries started in December.
a problem we faced one or two weeks ago, we have had this problem since last
Midwifery coordinator Elizabeth Natera said they had enquired
about the delay but officials in the Health Department’s salaries section only
gave them excuses.
“Sometimes they said there was an internet problem with
Telikom and BSP and our cheques could not be processed, or that there was a
software problem or there was no money to pay us,” she said.
Natera said as lecturers in church-run colleges, they were paid as casuals by the Health
“It’s a nationwide problem affecting all lecturers teaching in
church-run institutions and we wonder if the health secretary and the minster
are aware of this.”
Natera claimed church-run institutions contributed 80% of
the services to communities with government institutions meeting the
She said the Health Department previously released cheques to the
college for their salaries.
She said the problem started when the department
stopped releasing the cheques and started paying them directly into their back
Amugar added the lecturers had families and needed money to meet
their daily needs.
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