The National Executive Committee of NAGRAT wish to inform its members that leadership is aware of the massiveanomalies and disparities in the payment of Single Spine Salary (SSS) arrears to teachers.
It is true that,since October 2011 when government agreed to commence payment of SSS arrears many teachers have complained about errors in the payment. While some teachers received less than what is due them others did not receive anything all.
The three meetings NAGRAT has had with Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) and one with the Ministry of Educationsince December 2011 to date have all ended with promises and resolve to correct the anomalies. However, the situations seem to aggravate month after month. The payment of arrears in February has really muddied the waters to the extent that it is becoming difficult to hold back the agitations from our members.
Indeed, the recent table Controller and Accountant General’s Department generated for us has largelydebunked their earlier explanation that their system was recovering overpayments made to some teachers after Controller and Accountant General’s Department run their ‘Retro’.
We are also further convinced that no teacher at any rank has conversion difference upon their migration onto the Single Spine Salary Structure. It therefore cannot be entirely true that some teachers did not get the arrears because they have conversion difference.
Furthermore, we have also detected that payment of arrears did not take into consideration teachers with additional responsibilities (e.g. Assistant Director II with additional responsibility moves from 18H to 19L)
It is also an unacceptable practice for Controller and Accountant General’s Department to withhold teachers’ payslips for many weeks even when salaries had been paid. This does not help teachers to understand whatever they are given at the bank.
NAGRAT therefore expect governmentto cause Controller and Accountant General’s Department to act on the following:
- That immediate step should be taken by Controller and Accountant General’s Department to correct these anomalies by the end of this month so as to cool down the anger of our members.
- That all teachers with additional responsibilities should be paid their arrears from January 2010 as part of their Single Spine Salary arrears.
- Hence-forth Controller and Accountant Generals Department should release payslips ahead of payment of salaries. This will help members to ascertain reasons for anything they receive at the end of the month.
- That Controller and Accountant Generals Department should come out with proper explanation to teachers on the matters raised as the explanations provided so far to leadership are not convincing enough.
While hoping for authorities to act urgently on these matters NAGRAT call on members to remain calm and be assured that leadership will look for solution to their plight through any legitimate means.