BY NELLIE SETEPANO
Starting in the nation’s capital, more than 140 teachers will have their pay deducted due to absenteeism.
These teachers have been getting away with being absent from school…this will now not be the case anymore.
The Teaching Service Commission has now decided to target teacher absenteeism in schools. This exercise will begin in the National Capital District and extend to Central by next year and eventually to other provinces.
According to the monthly returns, the 2017 exercise rolledout by the commission to assess teachers’ attendance will see pay deductions of more than 140 teachers teaching in NCD.
The deduction will affect 53 elementary teachers, 35 primary teachers and 21 secondary school teachers. The commission has submitted their names to the payroll division to effect pay deduction for their absenteeism in the first quarter of the 2018 academic year.
Principle adviser for the appointment section Maini Mike Ugaia said the reconciliation of the monthly returns submitted by head teachers for the months of February to April this year has been completed.
“Monthly returns for the months of May to July of schools within NCD will soon be completed and forwarded to the payroll division next week. The exercise which was incepted last year which saw pay deductions for 35 elementary, 48 primary and 21 secondary and two technical vocational education teachers in NCD.”
According to Mr Ugaia, failure to submit teachers’ monthly returns by head teachers will see deductions of their responsibility allowances as well as performance-based salary allowances. This year the exercise is extended to Abau, Rigo, Kairiku-Hiri, and Goilala, districts of Central Province and next to othe provinces. “The purpose of this exercise is to save wastage of funds in paying teachers on hours they have not been teaching,” he said. Head teachers of 109 schools and national institutions in NCD are expected to submit their teachers’ monthly returns. These includes 50 elementary schools, five community schools, 37 primary, one high school, 10 secondary and technical vocational educational training schools.