By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie Authorities at the Catholic Education Secretariat (CES) and Catholic Archdiocesan Education Counsel (CAEC) have sent out a passionate appeal to the Association of Catholic Teachers and Support Staff (ACTS) to abandon their “Go-Slow” action within the Archdiocese of Monrovia.
But in the face of the appeal, the leadership of the Association of Catholic Teachers and Staff (ACTS) disregarded the appeal of the education secretariat and continued their “Go Slow” action yesterday, Monday, 10, 2014.
The teacher’s quest is also as a result of increment by the Secretariat in tuition from parents and guardians few semesters ago. They said, the current salary cannot commensurate with the present prevailing economic situation in the country.
According to the Acting President of ACTS Mr. Ernest P. Belleh, the action of the teachers is necessitated by the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Counsel (CAEC) failure to meet up with their demands for salary increment and all other fringe benefits.
Mr. Belleh is quoted in a press release as saying that the “Go Slow” action will last for an indefinite time while teachers and support staff have been advised during those periods to report to their various campuses and just sign in and out as required by the institution.
The Acting President of ACTS has also mandated each teaching staff not to carry out or perform any function or assigned responsibilities (teaching) until a favorable communication is served them.
The Archdiocesan Education Counsel had earlier appealed to the teachers to accept 10% as increment but the teachers have refused and insisted that they need either 20 or 25% added to their salaries.
In a radio broadcast yesterday morning on Radio Veritas, the administrator of the Catholic Education Secretariat, Rev.Fr. Varfee Sumo, appealed to the teachers to reconsider their decisions and resume teaching because Catholic Schools are not receiving subsidies (financial assistance) from central government like before.
Meanwhile, our reporter who visited most of the Catholic Schools yesterday to observe the on-going “Go Slow” said all the campuses were relatively calm with classrooms virtually filled without teachers.