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Education Minister: “Money is our only problem”

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By Bridgett Milton

Education Minister Prof. Ansu Sonii has informed members of the House of Representatives that the only problem in the educational sector now is money.

Prof. Sonii stated the lack of funding for the education sector here when he appeared before the House of Representatives Tuesday, 31 August 2021 to explain why school teachers across the country are not on the payroll.

The Education Minister informed lawmakers that schools here are not supervised well because all the administrators are teaching due to the lack of teachers.

His appearance before the House came as a result of a communication sent to Plenary by Grand Bassa District # 5 Representative Thomas A. Goshua that spoke of the perpetual delay in the remuneration of public sector employees, particularly those appointed at the local government level.

According to Representative Goshua, since 2018, some presidential appointees are yet to be placed on payroll.

Also speaking, the Minister of Internal Affairs Varney Sirleaf said prior to the payroll harmonization exercise, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) payroll had a total of 5,133 employees.

Of this number, Minister Sirleaf said the regular payroll strength was 4,198 while those on the supplementary payroll amounted to 935 employees.

He said under the present processing regime, employees who fail to comply with all of the requirements – opening personal payroll account, passing the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) verification exercises, and submitting bonafide national identification numbers are denied processing on payroll until they can comply with the requirements.

The MIA boss noted that they continue to experience employees payroll account changing or swapping for others, adding that at times employees pay are erroneously sent to the wrong bank.–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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