The House of Representatives has instructed its committee on Ways, Means and Finance and Education to look into the case of some aggrieved teachers of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) for salary adjustment and report to plenary within two weeks.
A petition statement was signed by the Chairman of the organization Augustine N. Nyormui and the Secretary General Emmanuel M. Dickson to the House of Representatives.
The statement notes that teachers in every society serve as the fulcrum upon which the entire state rest, and Liberia is of no exception.
The aggrieved teachers indicate in the petition that they continue to demonstrate this pivotal role in the rebuilding process of Liberia.
According to them, their authorities have politicized the education profession simply because of self interest, thereby undermining quality education at the expense of trained and qualified teachers.
On account of such claims, the aggrieved teachers call on the Legislature to allot resources through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Civil Service Agency or the MCSS to adjust and make retroactive payments of approximately three hundred teachers who graduated from accredited colleges and universities with various degrees.
They complain that salaries for teachers in these categories are yet to be adjusted in keeping with the Education Reform Act of Liberia 2011.
According to the teachers, this Act gives right for salary payment based on academic qualifications and not by positions as it is allegedly being done currently by educational stakeholders.
At the same time, the aggrieved MCSS teachers are calling on the House of Representatives to request authorities at the MCSS to reinstate dismissed former officials of the MCSS Teachers Association.
They complain that the MCSS Teachers Association officials were allegedly dismissed due to their advocacy
roles for teachers’ welfare as was authorized by former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf including current President George Manneh Weah.
By Bridgett Milton –Edited by Winston W. Parley