Teachers under the banner of the Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers’ Association (MCSSTA), have threatened a go-slow action if issues regarding their insurance benefits and the selection of an insurance company for them are not addressed by the leadership of the central administration.
In a six-count resolution released over the weekend, the MCSSTA leadership claimed that the MCSS Superintendent, Adolphus Benjamin Jacobs, had placed the dignity and welfare of the teachers in the system at the bottom of his list of priorities and preferences. The teachers referred specifically allege that he has refused to sign the Secure Risk Insurance contract while imposing another insurance company on the employees beginning April this year. That is a situation which, they claim, has resulted in the families of their deceased colleagues not receiving any death benefits.
When contacted, however, Mr. Jacobs denied the teachers’ claims and vowed to weed out those who were not prepared to uplift the system, but rather plunge it into confusion.
Meanwhile the teachers have resolved during their May 2nd general assembly in Monrovia to stop the Jacobs led administration from formulating and imposing a workers’ union on MCSS employees without their knowledge and consent.
They denied any division in MCSS with regard to a group insurance, adding, “Everyone at the general assembly agreed to choose Secure Risk as their new insurer for 2015-2016.”
They promised to institute a “massive strike action” should there be any self-created division in the system.
The MCCSTA also called on Mr. Jacobs to distance himself from the teachers’ association politics with immediate effect and to stop imposing individuals on the leadership of the association.
The MCSSTA’s statement was signed by the secretary-general, Varmah Bobby Gray, approved by the president, Henry Woyea and attested to by the chairperson of the Faculty Representative Council (FRC), Augustine Nyormui.