Central Governor Robert Agarobe, during question without notice, directed his query to the Education Minister, Joseph Yopyyopy, when parliament session began in Port Moresby on November 26th.
“Apart from all other public servants, not only teachers in Central Province but throughout the country have done well in their teaching services but their leave entitlements were not given on time,” he said.
In 2018, the governor gave an approved amount of K450,000 to Central Provincial education department as the department was unable to cater for the fares.
“The funds would have been reimbursed to cater for province (Central) internal revenue but did not eventuate and similar issue is being faced this year, 2019, with a requested amount of K1.75 million. Hence this issue is being put on hold for discussions with education advisors in the province.”
Governor Agarobe asked whether these funds would be reimbursed for other development plans in Central Province.
In response, Education Minister Yopyyopy said leave entitlements has been an ongoing issue and he would look into it and address it for all teachers, not only in Central Province, but also around the country.
He said proper enquiry would be made to address leave entitlements for teachers and their families serving in Central Province.
The Minister also urged respective authorities in charge of provincial education departments throughout the country to help solve leave fares for the teachers and their families.
(Article by Jim John – third year UPNG Journalism student – Picture: Central Governor Robert Agarobe)