The education department is the worst managed department which continuously deprives teachers of their many rights guaranteed under the constitution.
The Teaching Services Commission (TSC), as our employer needs to do a lot more for the teachers.
Day in and day out, teachers come in from all over, some out of town at their own expense to congregate at Fincorp Haus and fight for their entitlements.
What should be automatically done is never done.
In 1988, I taught at Tonu high school in the then North Solomon’s province, when the Bougainville crisis broke out.
This was an act of war which saw 15, 000 lives lost.
On November 28 of that year, I was shot by the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA).
Though critically injured, I was one of the few lucky ones to survive and flew out of the province.
Over the course of the years, I did more than my share for the development of human resources in PNG sending seven students in my grade 12 home class of 12 Line 5 to UPNG in 2010 from Bugandi secondary school in Lae city.
In 2013, I “retired on medical grounds” due to a minor stroke.
After my shooting to this date, I have never been offered advice to claim compensation under the workers compensation act by the education department.
The Education Department, through its agents and servants, failed miserably to advise me of my rights to claim compensation for my injuries.
How many teachers like me have been denied of their rights all over the country? Definitely Papua New Guinea Teaching Commission is failing the teachers and their rights.