Teacher wants Education secretary’s attention on unpaid salaries claims

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A SCHOOL  teacher who has been awaiting unpaid salary claims of more than K7,000 from the Education Department since 2006 has now taken his appeal to the Education Minister.
St Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School teacher Benjamin Minikula said he had sent a number of letters to the department’s salaries section but had not received a response since then.
Last Friday he sent a letter to Education Minister James Marape in a bid to seek intervention.
It was the same letter that had been sent to the Education Department.
The Aug 24 letter stated that his unpaid salaries totalled K7,093.51 had gone missing for 52 fortnights between 2006 and 2007.
He had gone through the department’s salaries section, PNG Teachers Association (PNGTA) Momase regional office and the Teachers Services Commission (TSC) and had written more than a dozen letters to the respective organisations.
But all had been to no avail.
In the letter to Mr Marape, he questioned why there had been calculations appearing on his pay slips but he was not receiving any money in his bank account for the past two years.
He appealed to Mr Marape through the Papua New Guinea Teachers Association (PNGTA) Momase regional secretary’s office for help.
Regional secretary Mathew Pobaya had written a letter dated March 4, 2009 on behalf of Mr Minikula but that too had not been answered.