Teachers from Western Highlands Province (WHP) and the neigbouring provinces will not have to spend money for the printing of their pay-slips, thanks to the intervention of the Ombudsman Commission.
This comes after private companies have been charging teachers for the printing of payslips. Teachers within WHP were charged K10 per payslip while those from the neighbouring highlands provinces were paying K20 per payslip.
The Ombudsman Commission through its Highlands Regional Office in Mt Hagen learned of this practice through public notices advertising the printing service. This prompted the Commission to carry out an own initiative investigation into the illegal printing of teachers’ payslips.
The Commission raised the issue with the Education Department Secretary Dr Uke Kombra and he responded by writing to the Western Highlands Provincial Education Advisor to put a stop to the illegal printing of teachers’ payslips. Payslips were to be provided directly to teachers and no-one else.
Coincidentally, few months later the Education Department announced its online payslip system that allows teachers to access their payslips using their smartphones.