LIBERIA: Gov’t Assures Aggrieved Teachers

The Liberian Government has assured more than 400 teachers across the country that their names will be placed on government payroll as of next month.

The teachers have been teaching at government schools across the country for the past 20 months without pay.

According to the Deputy Minister for Administration-designate at the Ministry of Education, Ramses T. Kumbuyah, the documents of a huge number of the teachers have been sent to the Civil Service Agency (CSA) for the payroll to be processed for them to get paid.

Addressing aggrieved teachers Thursday in front of the Ministry of Education Building in Monrovia where several teachers from Lofa, Nimba, Bong and River Gee counties had gathered to demand their salaries, Minister Kumbuyah indicated that the CSA has promised to place them on the payroll.  

He explained that the problem arose when government detected certain names on the Ministry’s payroll, described as ghost names and deleted from the government payroll.

He, however, said that these names are now going through vetting between the Ministry of Education and the Civil Service Agency.

He pointed out that the biometric system introduced will enable government to identify its employees who are working, particularly teachers that are in the rural parts of the country.

Minister Kumbuyah then urged the aggrieved teachers to remain calm as government is doing everything to address their salary problem.      

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the aggrieved teachers, Rancy Kenneh has expressed the hope that the Ministry of Education will live up to its promise so that they will get on government payroll.

He said many of the aggrieved teachers left their various counties and have been in Monrovia for the past three days with the expectation that government will address their plight as soon as possible.

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