Students will not be affected when teachers are taken off the payroll this month, Secretary for Education Dr Michael Tapo said.
He said close to 6000 teachers would be delisted because the department had not received their resumption of duty sheets.
Tapo said those teachers who would be put off had no position.
“Students would not be affected because they have teachers with positions teaching them. For those teachers that do not have a position but have been receiving their pay because they were on the payroll, would now be off. Those teachers have not signed up and were not teaching against a position,” Tapo said.
He said the number of teachers who would be delisted was taken from the total number of teachers on the payroll system matched against those who had resumed duties.
On a separate issue, Tapo said of the 50,421 teachers in 2014, only 44,590 were confirmed to have resumed duties (through confirmed documentation).
“The difference between the two figures gives about 5,831 teachers who would be removed from the payroll.”
He said it was the responsibility of the provincial education authorities to make sure teacher resumption of duty forms were sent to the Education Department so they got paid.
“If teachers are put off payroll, PEA and its staff should take full responsibility,” Tapo said.
He said the job of the department was to make sure the money approved to pay the teachers were paid to those who were working.
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