Education Minister D. Ansu Sonii has disclosed the payment of teachers’ salaries beginning December 20, 2019 as preparation leading to that exercise is well on course.
The decision was reached following arrangements, negotiations and consultations with all persons of interest in the sector, said Minister Sonii.
But according to critics, the government action is due to immense pressure from civil servants as well as thousand of teachers from across the Country who over the period complain of the government’s long including series of delays in paying them for several months.
Admits the promise, In -inpatient teachers along with their biggest body, the Civil Servants Workers Union of Liberia Today-Monday December 16, 2019 begin Day one of their stay home action something that has attracted the attention of several Liberians.
According to the head of the group Moibah Johnson, they remain unbinding in their quest until their demands are met.
Due to the teachers latest unbinding decision, National Government through the Ministry of Education has also announced the immediate closure of all public Schools across the Country.
The decision came following the joined stay home order action announced by the Civil Servants Workers Union of Liberia which takes effect on Monday-Today, December 16, 2019
Of which the National Teachers Association of Liberia and The Monrovia Consolidated School System are fully a part of.
According to the Ministry of Education Release, they are aware of the five instructional days missing as a result of their decision but noted that it will be added in January 3, 2020 during the resumption of normal academic activities for the 3rd, 4th and 5th periods respectively.
The release stressed that the decision by the Ministry is to among other things protect the well-being of the students who may have been at risk due to the teachers’ stay home action should in case of any unforeseen situation counterproductive to the peace of the Country.
Accordingly, it was also intended to avoid the recurrence of the October situation which led to the beating of students by state security personnel as well as the destruction of properties including the disruption of normal activities for hours by some public school students.
However, the Ministry’s decision has so far been greeted with mixed views in the corridors of the Country with some commending such timely decision while others think, it is not in the right decision especially allegedly failing to address the plights of the aggrieved teachers.
Until the promise can be fulfilled by the Government beginning December 20, 2019, five Days to Christmas,the aggrieved teachers including their students nation wide are now on a compulsory break.