19 Jan 2015

PNG teachers threaten boycott over leave entitlements

3:04 pm on 19 January 2015

Teachers in Papua New Guinea's Highlands region threaten to boycott classes when the new school year begins next week, unless they're paid leave entitlements owed to them from last year.

A school in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea

A school in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea Photo: AFP

The region secretary for the PNG Teachers Association, John Melson, says teachers are entitled to a leave fare to use for the Christmas holidays, which allows them to travel to their home provinces.

He says teachers in Enga, Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands and Jiwaka submitted their leave forms correctly, but received only half their entitlements or missed out altogether.

The newspaper, The National, reports that 600 teachers from Hela, 575 from Souther Highlands and 300 from Western Highlands are still waiting to be paid.

Mr Melson says Treasury and the seven provincial governments in the region should have enough time to source funds to pay the teachers before January the 26th.