Friday, June 15, 2018

Transfer allowances for teachers to be paid during this year’s budget

The government has committed itself to pay arrears for the transfer allowances owed by teachers in the country during 2018/19 financial year, the minister has said. The promise by the minister has come after the call made by President John Magufuli three weeks ago instructing all district and regional authorities not to make any transfer of teachers to another working station, and if they do must pay their allowances promptly. The deputy minister of State in President’s office responsible for local government and regional administration George Kakunda said this week in parliament that, the aim of the government is to clear all teachers’ debts. 

George Kakunda

The deputy minister was responding to the question which was raised by Singida urban legislator Musa Ramadhani Sima (CCM) who wanted to know about Teachers’ Commission Fund (TCF) how it operates and how much money has it been given to run its duties in education sector in the country.   Responding to this question, the deputy minister said that, the government has approved Tshs. 12.5 bn/- to the commission, and out of these about Tshs. 4.6 bn/- will be used to help facilitate its entire operational activities countrywide including helping teachers in special needs. In addition to what the deputy minister had said, the Minister in-charge of the ministry, Selemani Jafo also noted that, there are various challenges which are known facing teachers in public service an aspect that the government had established a commission to look at these and solve them. Minister Jafo was responding to a supplementary question which was raised by Mbulu urban legislator Zakaria Issaay (CCM) who wanted to know the responsibility of the commission in relation to solving teachers’ challenges in the country. He further noted that, among them was the issue of allowances and said that this was for motivating teachers although it has become a hard core issue and the government is trying all its best to solve it one by one.

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