Vanuatu’s Tafea Province teachers receive long service letters

Minister for Education Jean Pierre Nirua commended the teachers for their significant role as educators throughout the nation and he called for recognition and respect to be given and maintained to teachers at all times.

The event at Lamenu Stadium in Tanna coincided with celebrations to commemorate World Teachers Day on 5 October.

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Twenty two positions are currently being advertised including five jobs for principals and eight jobs at the main secondary school Tereora College.

There are also seven other vacancies at primary and secondary schools in the country.

A Director of Human Resources with the government Terry Utaga says an example of the problem is the field of accounting where potential applicants for an accounting teacher job prefer to stick to higher paying jobs outside teaching.

Vanuatu teachers still waiting for pay

The ministry of education says there is a serious shortage of funds, saying it doesn't have the money to pay for fuel for its vehicles, But it has plans to submit a supplementary budget to cover wages.

Arsen Firiam is the President of the Vanuatu Teacher's Union.

He says teachers are yet to be added to the ministry pay roll, while many older teachers who should have retired are waiting on their retirement payout.