TEACHERS in Eastern Highlands are crying foul over the delay to their leave entitlements.
More than 50 teachers fronted up at the provincial administration building last Friday and demanded an explanation from the provincial education authority about the processing of their leave entitlements.
They have been waiting for a week to have their claims processed.
The group was led by PNG Teachers’ Association Eastern Highlands president Phillip Avuti, EHP Teachers’ Welfare Club president Heviso Gahekave and Branson Tomane, former PNGTA Eastern Highlands branch president.
Avuti told the teachers that they would fight to their last resource to ensure all the teachers concerned got their entitlements.
Gahekave said section 130 of the Teaching Services Act says teachers and their families are entitled to a leave entitlement and tickets to and from their teaching destination to their place of origin. “This is a bi-annual exercise and the people in the provincial education office here have no reason to delay or neglect teachers’ lawful entitlements,” he said.
“Some provinces are receiving K900 and above while in Eastern Highlands we are getting K600. We heard that only K1 million was allocated for the exercise here.
“This money is not enough as more than 1000 teachers from nine secondary schools and more than 30 primary schools will be involved,” Gahekave said.
The teachers are demanding answers on how names of their colleagues have not appeared on the finalised entitlement list despite applying for leave in October.
They are querying their postings for the next academic year, saying late postings had in the past affected their academic preparations and lesson schedules.
Gahekave called on the provincial education office to do away with the manual filing system and have a computerised bio-database system for all serving teachers in the province so that problems of delayed payments would not be repeated.
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