THE Education Department must have a salary officer in all districts to address teachers’ salary problems, a teacher in a remote part of Morobe said.
Anton Yanamsa, a Grade Seven teacher at Keamu Primary School in Menyamya, Morobe, said that yesterday after he had to miss teaching and stayed three weeks in Lae just to pick up his spreadsheet.
A spreadsheet, he said, is the equivalent of pay-slips in the new Alesco pay system used by the Education Department.
Yanamsa said he had enquired at the provincial education office salaries section about his spreadsheet but the officers there told him that “the system was down”.
“They have been telling me this for three weeks,” Yanamsa said.
“I have not returned to Menyamya and my students are without a teacher.
“We cannot deprive the innocent students of their education back at the village because of a simple spreadsheet.”
Andrew Gena, the provincial chairman for education, said the issue raised by Yanamsa was serious.
Gena, a former teacher of 25 years, said he would talk to the officer in charge of salaries at the provincial education office to see that the matter was resolved immediately.
Yanamsa said he wanted three copies of his spreadsheet for his loan application with the Teachers Savings and Loan Society.
“Teachers in rural parts of Morobe, like Menyamya and Kabwum, must be given priority and be served quickly so that they go back and teach,” he said.
He said he had to walk two hours to the nearest bus stop to catch a PMV to Lae and pay K70.
Yanamsa said he came to the media after he was frustrated of being told to “come and check again tomorrow.”
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