- Published on Friday, 22 February 2013 15:39
- Written by Jimmey C. Fahngon
The Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Teachers Association has given ultimatum to the Liberian government to increase the salaries of teachers or it would take the necessary action available.
Addressing a news conference Thursday, the President of the MCSS Teachers Association, Jonah Nyenpan said teachers will no longer accept low salaries or allow themselves to be treated as less important people in society.
Mr. Nyenpan said though government promised to increase the salaries of teachers with university degrees, over 150 teachers with degrees have since not received salary increment.
He said it is an irony for President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to say education would be prioritized when those providing education for the people cannot get the benefits.
Mr. Nyenpan said the government is under obligation to ensure that those who are molding the minds of future leaders are well paid and compensated for their efforts.
He said it is wrong for someone with Bachelor Degree who works at the Ministry of Finance to be paid huge salary and benefit while teachers with similar degrees get peanuts.
The MCSS Teachers Association President wants government to be sincere if it considers education as a major priority.
He also revealed that some MCSS teachers who are on supplementary payroll are being denied the retroactive salary increment of US$25.00 announced by the President in her annual message on January 28, 2013.
“We will not allow for our people to be denied what justly belongs to them,” the teachers through their president said.