By BURI GABI
THE Papua New Guinea Teachers Association (PNGTA) has refuted claims that the Central provincial education division did not settle teacher’s leave fares on time.
PNGTA Central province branch president Lagona Wari said a group of disgruntled teachers in the province had gone out of their way to report to the media about the situation with baseless facts, tarnishing the reputation of the Central provincial education division.
Teacher’s leave fares for last year were paid last November and it should not be an issue, Mr Wari said.
It was reported that a total of 50 teachers who have been identified are yet to receive their outstanding leave fare entitlements dating back to 2000.
The provincial education division is now working to solve the payment issues for the remaining outstanding leave fare claims.
“There should not be any complains from teachers about last year’s outstanding leave fare entitlements, because provincial administrator together with provincial education manager, Titus Romano Hatagen, have done their duty to pay up all of last years leave fare entitlements to the concerned teachers,” Mr Wari said.
Meanwhile, postings for the teachers in the province have been finalised and as of Tuesday, teachers were given their posting notification from the provincial education office.
Mr Wari reported that all the processes were followed in the allocation of each teacher to their respective teaching posts.
The provincial education division is now making arrangements for the transportation of respective teachers to their schools in the province, before the teachers resume duties on the Jan 25, while school children resume classes on Feb 1.