School Teacher Suspended From Payroll for 8 Years Returns to Work

A primary school teacher in Pomio District, East New Britain Province complained to the Ombudsman Commission that she was put off payroll and appointment in 2014.

The teacher was suspended from payroll in 2012 on medical grounds. She recovered in 2014 and was appointed to a different school however refused to accept the posting and remained in the same school.

The Commission assisted by referring the matter to the appropriate Education Division and entered into case conference dialogues with the East New Britain Provincial Education and Teachers Service Commission, Islands Region.

In January of 2022, the Commission was advised that the Teachers Service Commission had lifted the suspension in 2021 and the teacher resumed her initial teaching position. The teacher was further advised that the period from suspension to resumption would be treated as leave without pay not to count as service.

The teacher expressed her satisfaction to the Commission for ensuring the uplifting of her suspension and formal appointment/posting back to her desired location.  

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