Bong County School Principal Resigns

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The principal of the Gbarnsue-Sulonma Elementary Public School in Zota District, Bong County has resigned, and subsequently left the classroom, “because the government has not paid me for the length of time I have served in the position.”

Speaking on a local radio station in Gbarnga on Thursday September 13, 2018, Ranney Kollie told a local radio station in Gbarnga yesterday, September 13, that he reached the decision because authorities at the Ministry of Education (MoE) have not placed his name on government’s payroll over the years.

The Ministry of Education’s (MoE) director of communications, denied receiving the report, but described Mr. Kollie’s decision as “unfortunate, because the Ministry has documented his case as some of the challenges to address in the shortest possible time.”

However, Kollie told the station that since he graduated from the Zorzor Rural Teacher Training Institute in Lofa County in 2013, and got assigned at the Gbarnsue-Sulonma Public School as principal, “my name his not been placed on government payroll, rather preferring to maintain my name on the supplementary teachers’ listing.”

Supplementary teachers are those whose names are not on the regular payroll, but are paid at the discretion of the government despite their qualification and experience in the teaching filed.

Mr. Kollie disclosed that, at the school, there are 150 students with seven teachers assigned by the government, but disappointingly, none of them is on the payroll since 2013, but have continued to work as classroom teachers.

“Many of the teachers are leaving the classrooms because of the workload, but no salary; some of us cannot be working without getting the dividend, while others who are not doing the work continue to enjoy  the benefits,” remarked Mr. Kollie.

He has therefore vowed never to return to the classroom until the government can place his name, and the names of some of his colleagues on the regular payroll.

Kollie added, “we have been teaching for the past 15 years, but the government has done nothing to resolve this age-old problem.”

He told the local stations how he has made several attempts to get the matter amicably resolved in his favor,” but it appears that the government is insensitive to their plight. We wonder why the government is reluctant to place our name on its regular payroll since some of us have the requisite qualification, and experience.”

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