Education Minister Kuman Said Outstanding Teacher Salaries Fully Paid
Teachers are back to receiving their normal salaries after the last lot of their outstanding salaries were paid off.
This was made known by Education Minister Nick Kuman who said that the outstanding of 2016-2017 was paid out from Pay 17-19. “By pay 20 any increase would not have been seen in their salaries,” he said.
“I am aware of the discussions about K200 being taken out from teachers salaries across the country, questions were raised on Floor of Parliament and I made it clear that it took a couple of plays to pay the three per cent increment that is agreed between PNGTA and TSC in 2016, the payment was agreed across the public sectors but teachers were fortunate to receive the lump sum.” The lump sum payment was supposed to terminated on pay 17, Mr Kuman said.
“Unfortunately we had problems with the Alesco payroll system, that was rectified and they received pay and last payment was on pay 19 that’s it. That was the last pay of the lump sum of K200, and they received the K200 lump sum proceeding to pay 19.”
Mr Kuman said that normal pay commenced on pay 20 and was salary was referred back to normal pay and with the only increase is 3 per cent that lump sum was terminated on pay 19. It is not a deduction of K200 from their pay the end of the lump sum came to an end on Pay 19 that is the decision of the government, he added. The lump sum payment on 2016 lapsed on Pay 19, he reiterated