The majority of teachers have been paid their salaries under the teaching services salary fixation agreement.
The small number missing out has been assured by the government they will receive their salaries, says Education Secretary Michael Tapo.
Mr Tapo told the media last week that those who haven’t received their pay, particularly newly graduates or those who have not been teaching for the past year, need to supply the correct paperwork to get on the payroll.
They will be paid under the agreement by the government, the Teaching Services Commission and the Teachers Association. Mr Tapo was responding to recent threats from the Teachers Association for industrial action over salary discrepancies.
The association is demanding teachers receive their pay slips and it claims that out of 47,000 teachers on the payroll, more than 25,000 have not been paid the correct salary.
Mr Tapo claimed that the problem does not lie in Waigani but in the provinces and he urged provincial divisions, principals of schools and provincial advisors to organise the correct paperwork at their end and reconcile it with the department of education.
He said it is up to the provincial divisions of education to reconcile their salary information for every quarter to see if they have enough money to pay for the teacher entitlements and salary packages assured for this year.
Those salaries that have been reconciled must come to the department through the Alesco payroll so once and for all teachers will be paid, the Education Secretary said.
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