Teachers Assoc. Faces Probe At LACC

A member of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) has accused the association of massive corruption within the rank and files of the institution.

In a communication to the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) a copy which was obtained by this paper, Randolphson D. Kollie, member of the NTAL drew the LACC’s attention to what he referred to as acts of corruption going on within the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL).

Mr. Kollie stated, “I believe that the LACC has established an institution to help and fight, minimize or eradicate corruption not only in government circles but in private and public sectors as well.”

In his accusation, Mr. Kollie said all teachers and some education workers on the Ministry of Education’s regular payroll pay on monthly basis, an amount of L$120.00 each, through payroll deduction (check- off system) as membership dues to the National Teachers Association of Liberia. He said the payment of this membership fees started since 2010.

Mr. Kollie disclosed that according to the NTAL constitution approved in 2009, membership fees of 2% constitutes due of NTAL; L$40 of the dues shall be saved for the NTAL Headquarters  project; 40% of the balance L$80.00 goes to the branches as operational funds and sixty percent (60%) remains with the central of NTAL for operations.

He said there is serious doubt about the manner in which money deducted from the teachers and some education workers are used because the monthly amount paid for the Headquarter’s project and the level of work done will show evidence of corruption and misapplication of fees deducted from their monthly salaries.

Secondly, according to Mr. Kollie, with the consent and approval of the NTAL President, Madam ElIen Fatu G. Varlley and Director [or Primary Education Training Program at the MOE Central Office, all NTAL National Executive committee members, including herself allotted on to themselves, monthly allowances more than the monthly salary of an average Liberian Public School teachers. He added that some of these monthly allowances are from L$15,000.00 to L$20,000.00 and above while the majority of them (Faculty committee members) are on the MOE monthly salary.

He wondered, “Is this not corruption? Will such behavior on finances help us to build the NTAL headquarter for which our salaries are deducted monthly?

Moreover Mr. Kollie stated, “And regrettably, two officials (Mr. Samuel Y Johnson, Secretary General and Mr. J. Willie Forkpa Deputy Secretary for Professional Development of NTAL are full time employees and work at the NTAL central office. Surprisingly these two officials are signing for aid receiving MOE salary each without working, up to the time I wrote against such act by these officials.”

He further wondered, “Is this the way NTAL, as an educational institution, will assist the Ministry of Education in addressing the problems of ghost names on the MOE payroll? Is this not corruption, a crime against education?

Meanwhile, the Communication Officer of the LACC, Ben Kolako has confirmed that the commission has received the communication from Mr. Kollie on the alleged corruption in the NTAL and that the LACC will launch an investigation shortly.