TEACHERS in the Highlands region will boycott classes when the new school term begins on January 26, unless they are paid their 2014 leave fares.
PNG Teachers Association Highlands region secretary John Melson said the Treasury Department and the seven provincial governments should have enough time to source funds and pay the teachers their entitlements.
Melson said the leave fare issue had been an ongoing problem over the years but never properly fixed by education authorities.
He said teachers were entitled to the leave fare last year to use for the Christmas holidays.
He said the teachers had submitted their leave fare forms to the respective education offices.
Melson said teachers in Enga, Western Highlands, Jiwaka and Eastern Highlands only received less than half of their entitlements.
He said 174 teachers from Jiwaka and 22 from Enga missed out.
Melson said 600 teachers from Hela, 575 from Southern Highlands and 300 from Western Highlands were still waiting to be paid.
Melson said teachers leave forms had been submitted early but the education secretary and his staff failed to ensure that these were sorted out before the end of the last school term.
“I feel sorry for the innocent students and their parents in the highlands if teachers stay out of classes because of this problem.” The National
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