One Million United States dollars will be given out to private school teachers who have not been paid for the last seven months because their administrators were unable to pay them since February this year.
The government of Liberia is providing the cash from its fiscal year 2019/20 surplus to pay as honorarium to teachers after recognizing the financial difficulties private school teachers are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liberian President George Manneh Weah, in consultation with the National Legislature, has instructed the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to provide the cash.
The government according to a release, has constituted a vetting and payment taskforce to identify and pay eligible teachers and administrators of the different private schools across the country.
The taskforce comprises the Ministries of Education as chair, Finance and Development Planning, the Civil Service Agency, and the Internal Audit Agency.
Owners of private schools are hereby requested to submit their last updated payrolls to the taskforce through the Ministry of Education for validation before payment.
Payroll submission must include payment details such as account numbers, mobile money numbers and National Biometric Identification Numbers (NIR-ID).
Private School Systems are also required to submit evidence of the last payment of withholding on income tax to the Liberia Revenue Authority.
As the government exerts effort to make these payments, it extends thanks and appreciation to teachers of private schools and encourages them to support their respective institutions.