By GERALDINE VILAKIVA
TEACHERS in Morobe province have been ordered to return to classrooms and to stop quibbling about postings.
“If teachers do not take up their postings in week three, we will declare the positions vacant.
Their names will be crossed from the list, and we will ask them to apply for leave without pay,” provincial programme adviser for education, Murika Bihoro said yesterday.
Mr Bihoro said the final posting list was released last Monday and teachers should take up their postings immediately.
“There won’t be any more reviews,” he said.
Although he acknowledged the very late posting list, he said there was no excuse for teachers not to take up their appointments.
“Those teachers who refuse to take up their appointments, the education division will re-advertise the positions and they will be asked to apply for leave without pay,” he said.
“This is the formal procedure that we will follow this year.”
Mr Bihoro said over the years teachers who were posted to rural schools took advantage of the continuous reviews and took extra weeks out “roaming around town” before resuming duties.
“We do not want to create room for misuse, therefore I have advised all the district education coordinators to check their schools in week three to ensure all their teachers are present,” he said.