HEAD teachers misusing education subsidies will be suspended, the Teaching Service Commission says.
Samson Wangihomie, from the commission, issued the warning at Minj last week during the opening of the new Jiwaka education office building.
Wangihomie said the head masters would face a criminal charge and addition charges under the Financial Management Act if found to be misusing funds.
He said teachers roaming around and doing nothing in Port Moresby were stealing from the government and would be suspended.
“I see many teachers from Western Highlands and Jiwaka in the nation’s capital claiming to follow up on their payments,” he said.
Wangihomie said any teacher travelling into Port Moresby without permission from the Education Office in the province would be suspended.
Education Minister Nick Kuman said commercial banks where schools kept their accounts would monitor transactions.
Kuman said if the banks suspected misuse, they would report to his office and the schools concerned would not receive their next quarterly subsidies.
He said that a substantial amount of money given to every school came in three components and shoud be used for the intended purposes.
“I want to make it clear that free education is not like a daycare service where parents will become lazy and relax away,” he said.
Kuman said that parents must play their part to ensure their children got better quality education.
He urged parents to support schools and ensure that teachers were present in classrooms to teach their children.
He appealed to parents to report to his office if they saw their principals and board chairmen misusing school money.
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