By Sulaiman Juldeh Bah
According to report, names of about 1,300 teachers have been removed from the government pay-roll voucher by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology.
Those affected are mainly in the southeast and are from places such as Bonthe, Kailahun, Moyamba and Pujehun districts.
Some of the affected teachers claims are that because their names have been removed from the government pay-roll voucher, they have not received salaries for the past 5 months.
That they have gone through the teachers’ verification exercise instituted by the Ministry of Education by successfully tendering all relevant documents including teachers’ certificate, pin-code and NASSIT cards among other things.
The affected teachers said however that since they now understand that their names have been removed from the government pay-roll voucher, they have contacted the Ministry of Education for an inclusion of their names but to no avail.
That it is against this backdrop that the affected teachers have threatened to take their protest to President Koroma in a informing him about the injustices taking place at the Ministry of Education, and if the authorities there fail to immediately include their names and payment of the 5 months backlog salary.
This is not the first time qualified and approved teachers names have been struck off the government pay-roll vouchers on accusations of being so-called “ghost teachers.”
It could be recalled that since Dr. Minkailu Bah was appointed Minister of education some 10 years ago, he has been busy chasing ghost teachers but has never been able to capture one, while the standard of education in the country continues to plummet.