The Faculty Representative Council of the Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association (MCSSTA) has threatened to stage a peaceful protest ahead of the reopening of school next month if the issues of salary increment and the provision of requisite teaching materials are not provided for them.
Addressing a news conference over the weekend, the Chairman of MCSSTA Augustine N. Nyormui said teachers within the employed of MCSS who have over the last five years acquired bachelor degrees have not been able to receive salary increment despite them obtaining a new academic portfolio.
He attributed the problem to the Ministry of Finance failure to over the last four budget years provide the amount of two hundred eighty-nine thousand three hundred thirty-two and thirty-five cents (US$289,331.35) United States Dollars through both the MCSS and the Civil Service Agency (CSA) accounts to address their plight.
He said the action of the ministry violates Liberia’s Educational Policy, which among other things calls for teachers across the country to be pay based on their academic credential.
According to the MCSSTA Chairman, at least one hundred and forty-seven teachers (147) have acquired up to a bachelor degree within the last five years.
He called on President George M. Weah to intervene in the situation, stating that, the situation has since created a serious financial crisis for families of the aggrieved teachers.
“Your Excellency, we want to reaffirm our commitment in rendering sacrificial services to provide quality education for the sons and daughters of the state but for too long we have been denied of our rights including better incentives/salary, scholarship (local/foreign), transportation allowance and many other opportunities which continues to undermine our survival as professional people including the educational sector that we are all striving to improve,” he added.
The MCSSTA Chairman further request an audience with the Liberian leader, adding that, it will be in the best interest of both parties (the aggrieved teachers and the government) as they go on with their struggle.
“Mr. President, we cannot continue to be marginalized and our rights be abuse by others while janitors work under a poor sanitary condition by cleaning the mess around the campuses with no safety gear, no rain boot, no soap to wash their hands, etc. while securities working twelve hours with no day off and teachers walking long distances with no transportation allowance including the buying of research materials on their own just to teach for little or nothing,” he averred