THE PNG Teachers’ Association Highlands branch has called on the Government to engage an independent investigation team to check the payout of teachers’ leave fares after allegations of stealing and corruption practised by the provincial education division.
PNGTA Highlands regional secretary John Melson said last Friday his office had received a final report of the teachers’ payout reports and confirmed that mismanagement, stealing and white-collar corruption was involved in Western Highlands.
Melson said the name of a guidance officer with the Western Highlands provincial education division was still on the payout list although his contract ended in 2012.
He said the contract officer was not entitled to leave fares but the payout reports showed he was paid K30,000.
He added that a hardware company was on the list and K2700 was paid for deadlocks.
He said a teacher was supposed to receive K12,000 but the report said he received K6000.
Melson said the teacher’s name appeared twice and K6000 was paid to both names.
“But this teacher is still waiting for the payment but the report said he received the payment. The teacher told this office that he did not receive anything,” he said.
“What’s going on here? If the Government is not doing anything then the union office is prepared to take the matter to court,” he said.
Melson said that his office had evidence of malpractice and will pursue the matter in court.
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