30 January 2013

Liberia: Teachers Appeal to Ellen, Education

The teacher trainers at Zorzor Rural Teacher training institute (ZRTTI) in Lofa are appealing to the Minister of Education Madam Etmonia DavisTarpeh to intervene on their behalf because according to Mr. Mulbah W. Taylor they have not been paid since 2008. He said they were only given allowances that were cut off last year July. He said further that they left Zorzor to come to Monrovia to see how best they can inform their bosses.

He said they were given a letter to come to the Ministry of Education for reassignment without any reason and while they were in town trying to see how best they can get their salaries and allowances, their homes were burglarized. According to Mr. Taylor, since then they have neitherreceived any allowances nor have they been paid their salaries.

Mr. Taylor said they (the teacher's) request a full scale investigation into the matter. Meanwhile they have been instructed by the office of the Deputy Minister of Education for instruction to find schools besides the RTTs for reassignment.

According to the court document, the teachers are public school teachers some of whom taught for over 18-20 years after which they were elevated by the respondents as county education officers and district education officers while approaching retirement age.

Also because petitioners contend and say that while they are serving in their respective positions, the respondents herein declared their positions vacant and requested them to re-apply disregarding the number of years the petitioners worked to deprive them of their legitimate severance and retirement benefits and published said vacant positions.

Mr. Taylor said nothing has been done since they came to town and he said they were in court but the Ministry of Education begged that the case be taken out of court. According to him, the court instructed the Ministry of Education that the teachers be taken back to their assigned areas. He said presently nothing has been resolved and they are therefore calling on President Sirleaf and Minister Tarpeh to intervene timely.

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