Nearly 6,000 PNG Teachers To Be Taken Off Payroll

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Teachers Association blames ‘useless’ system, not teacher failure

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 15, 2014) – Education secretary Dr Michael Tapo has confirmed that 5,831 teachers will be put off the payroll starting this month because they failed to fill the resumption of duty sheets.

Tapo told the Parliamentary Referral Committee on Education that the teachers’ status on appointment and duty resumption had not been established. He said of the 50,421 teachers posted to various schools this year, only 44,590 had been confirmed to have resumed duties.

It leaves out 5,831 teachers who would be removed from the payroll this month.

But the PNG Teachers’ Association put the blame on the Alesco payroll system describing it as "useless" and not "responsive to the needs of teachers in the country".

"Why must the Government bring in a system that is not responsive to the needs of the people? The Alesco payroll system must be reviewed or find a new system for our teachers," Association secretary Ugwalubu Mowana said.

He said because of the non-responsive nature of the Alesco payroll system, 25,000 teachers were still "acting" in positions.

This was revealed during the Parliamentary Referral Committee on Education hearing at Parliament House last Thursday.

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