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A-G: No pay decrease

Aqela Susu
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

THE pay for teachers would not be reduced.

That's the confirmation from Attorney-General and Education Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Speaking at a press conference in Suva on Sunday, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said all schoolteachers who were re-engaged would be paid a higher pay rate than they would have received prior to the job evaluation exercise.

"We want to assure you, you are compensated appropriately for that work. As we move to institute civil service reforms and merit based recruitment, we also want to be very clear that no teacher will receive any pay decrease.

"There are some rumours going around that some teachers will receive pay decrease, that's not true at all," he said.

"It is equally important that they, along with the new graduates, will have greater opportunities for a higher pay based on their performance. That assessment of course will be carried out will be of course in their first year.

"Apart from the fact that you've received a new pay rise, you will also be able to receive further pay rises upon assessment during the first year."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said all teachers who have not received their acting allowance during the holidays have been put back on the acting allowance as of last Wednesday.

"We recognise that you have served in that acting capacity in order to prepare for the first day of school and therefore, you'll be paid the acting allowance," he added.

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