400 Supplementary Teachers On Gov’t Payroll
Deputy Finance Minister for Fiscal Affairs, Samora P .Z. Wolokolie, has disclosed that of the 4,433 public school teachers in the country, 400 are supplementary teachers who have now been placed on government regular payroll.
Wolokolie stated that the names of the 400 supplementary teachers across the country were compiled and forwarded to the Civil Service Agency (CSA) and Finance Ministry for proper processing that resulted to a positive outcome.Speaking on a the Prime Morning Drive, a local radio station in Monrovia Wednesday, Wolokolie said the 400 teachers were placed on government payroll since July this year in a bid to improve service delivery in the education sector.
He indicated that apart from the placement of the supplementary teachers on government payroll, they are trying to carry out the harmonization process of 180 underpaid teachers.
According to him, the cost of doing such is about US$150,000 which, he said, was allotted and disbursed, adding, “The salaries and benefits associated with such teachers is determined by the Ministry of Education.”
“CDC government did not assume power to dismiss people, but rather keep them and satisfy them, this is one of the promises of the President of Liberia George Manneh Weah.” Wolokollie noted.
“When you bring people to work, you increase disposable income and when disposable income is increased, resource revenue and taxes are increased, President Weah’s government is a government for all.”
Wolokolie opined that because of the increase of the supplementary teachers on government payroll, more revenue will be generated into government coffers through the payment of taxes to take care of other development initiatives.
“People think that it is costing government too much to increase the number of teachers on the payroll, but we are looking at the future benefits of such cost,” he noted.
It can be recalled that in early October this year the president of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), Mary Mulbah Nyumah, said placing the names of supplementary teachers on the Ministry of Education regular payroll is crucial and needs government’s urgent attention.
Mrs. Nyumah made the call in Kakata, Margibi County, at programs marking the observance of World Teachers Day, organized by the Margibi County branch of the NTAL.
At that program, she said majority of the teachers across the counties have their names still on supplementary payroll and are yet to be placed on the Ministry of Education regular payroll.
She believes that if these teachers are placed on the Ministry of Education regular payroll, they will be motivated to render more services in molding the minds of the young people.
Nyumah emphasized that some of these teachers have been on supplementary payroll for the past four to five years, because much attention has not been given to ensuring that their status is regularized on the Ministry of Education regular payroll.
She emphasized that if the goal of the government’s Pro-poor Agenda must be achieved, especially in the education sector, the issue of supplementary teachers should be given priority.