The Ministry of Education (MOE) is assuring hundreds of janitorial employees attached to denominational schools that they will receive their November salaries as soon as the release is received from the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
However, there has been no word yet on when the monies will become available to pay the Cleaners’ Grant which was due for payment since October.
Responding to calls from the Presbyterian Primary Schools’ Board of Education yesterday for the MOE to honour its’ financial commitments, Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly revealed the matter was referred to the ministry’s Permanent Secretary in October.
Gadsby-Dolly said, “The request for the first quarter payment was made by the PS in October. It will be followed through.”
In a release yesterday, the Presbyterian Primary Schools’ Board of Education joined other denominational school boards calling for the settlement of the salary arrears.
They wrote, “The failure of the Ministry of Education to pay has resulted in hundreds of cleaners not receiving salaries for November 2020. With these harsh economic times, this is causing undue hardship on this vulnerable group in our society.”
The release went on to claim that, “Denominational Boards of Education have sourced and in some cases borrowed over one million dollars to pay cleaners in October 2020. For November 2020, some Boards have been able to do the same while others have not, resulting in the unfortunate situation of many cleaners not being paid.”
They appealed to Gadsby-Dolly to act swiftly to ease the suffering of these workers and ensure that in this season of goodwill, they receive what is due to them.
Gadsby-Dolly later assured that payments would be made, “As soon as we receive from the MOF. We have asked for expedition once possible.”