BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Temporary teachers are to begin receiving outstanding salaries on Tuesday.
“The Ministry (of Education) has instructed the affected schools to undertake urgent processing of payments to ensure that teachers receive their salaries by the end of the business day on Tuesday, the 26th of September, 2023,” said Chief Education Officer Dr Ramona Archer-Bradshaw.
Several teachers who have not been appointed have not received their salaries and Archer-Bradshaw explained that ministry investigations had revealed that the situation occurred as a result of “the late receipt or, in some instances, the non-receipt of recommendations for continuation of acting assignments for the affected teachers.
“Reports supporting recommendations to allow continuation of acting assignments are due by the end of the academic year. This year, the due date was the 14th of July, 2023. Additionally, recommendations for continuation are to be endorsed by the Board of Management and submitted for approval before teachers can be added to the payroll for the new academic year.
“However, the majority of these recommendations were received by the ministry after the deadline for the payroll cycle. In fact, some of these recommendations are still outstanding,” she said.
Archer-Bradshaw did not state the amount owed to the teachers, but said the ministry plans to convene a meeting with the relevant staff at the schools to institute the necessary improvements to ensure that the process is completed in a timely manner in the future.