SCHOOLS are winding down their 2014 academic year and one issue that has been affecting teachers over the years is emerging again.
This issue is the teachers’ leave fare entitlements.
Teachers in the Western Highlands Province are concerned about whether they will receive their leave fare entitlements on time to spend their vacation with their families and relatives this festive season.
This is after the Papua New Guinea Teachers Associa-tion (PNGTA) Highlands regional office informed teachers in the WHP that they do not have any information on their leave fares and next year’s postings.
The association told the teachers to check with the provincial education board (PEB).
The PNGTA Highlands regional secretary John Melson raised the concern, claiming that there is no legal representation of PNGTA in the PEB, thus they have no information on how these things have been arranged.
"The PNGTA hasn’t had a legal representation in the PEB since 2012 and we are not sure how the leave fares and 2015 postings for teachers have been arranged," Mr Melson said.
"I, therefore informed the teachers in the WHP that the PNGTA Highlands regional office does not have any information on their entitlements and urged them to check with the provincial education board."
Mr Melson said there has not been a PNGTA legal representative in the PEB for unknown reasons even after the PNGTA national general secretary Ugwalubu Mowana had several meeting with Western Highlands administrator Joseph Neng to include a PNGTA representative in the board.
Mr Mowana in a letter dated January 20, 2014, urged the provincial administrator to include a PNGTA representative in the PEB board saying it is required by law to have a representative.
Furthermore, the Western Highlands PEB confirmed that there is no PNGTA representative in the board.
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