Teachers assured of leave claims


EAST SEPIK education adviser Raymond Bakavi has assured the teachers in the province of their outstanding leave entitlements, saying that raising of cheques is in the process.
Bakavi told The National yesterday from Wewak after meeting with disgruntled teachers, who have threatened to boycott classes in term two for nonpayment of 2018 leave fares for eligible teachers over the term one holiday period that more than 400 cheques are being processed, which would be given in three weeks’ time.
“I urge all teachers to be patient and understand that we are addressing their leave entitlement issue as all paper work has been completed and the provincial finance office is now in the process of drawing their cheques which will be handed to them in 2-3 weeks’ time,” he said.
Bakavi said part of the delay was because the provincial government was now using the new accounting system – the Integrated Financial Management System, which the Government is trialling in six provinces including East Sepik to replace the PNG Government Accounting System.