24 January 2013

Liberia: MCSS Teachers Hopeful of Salary Increment

The Monrovia Consolidated Teachers Association (MCSSTA) through its President says it is hopeful of salary increment during the payment of salary this month. It can be recalled that two years ago, teachers of the MCSSTA headed by its leadership staged a protest in demand of salary increment from Government of Liberia (GoL).

During that time, the MCSSTA through its leadership proposed an increment of US$70 across the board. But following series of meetings between the teachers and the GoL through the Ministry of Education, the teachers were convinced to go back to the classrooms and that government was going to address their-teachers' plights when the next budget was approved.

In a chat with this paper Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Mr. Benedict Wreh, said this is the month that they (teachers) were promised, and so they are looking up to the GoL during the payment of salary. According to Mr. Wreh, they look up to government of getting the US$ 70 salary increment or more.

"We are hopeful that our salary will be increased at the end of this month, because this is the time that we were promised," said MCSSTA boss. He said failure for the government to meet up with their demand, the organization will write all stakeholders to abreast them about the matter.

He named the stakeholders as ministries and agencies of government as well as the Legislature that are involved with the education. Speaking further, Mr. Wreh called on the GoL to place the names of supplementary teachers on the payroll.

According to him, the supplementary teachers are 48 in total. He said though the supplementary are being regularly paid, but they are not paid from the payroll and so they are denied certain amenities that other teachers are getting.

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