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Polytechnic Strike Continues Full Swing

Polytechnic Strike Continues Full Swing

Lecturers Reject Working Document

Lecturers of polytechnics and teacher training colleges in Sierra Leone are reported to have categorically rejected the 2011 Revised and Harmonized Conditions of Service for Polytechnics, a working document jointly developed in 2009 by the Tertiary Education Committee(TEC), the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST), the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, the College Councils, principals, the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Education, the National Polytechnic and Teacher Training College Senior Staff Association(NaPTTSSA) and other stakeholders.

According to the lecturers, they rejected the working document mainly because it bears the signature of unnamed people, making it improper. Moreover, the aggrieved lecturers say the document has no salary scale attached to it and the it pegs ex-gratia payment to only lecturers who serve for twenty and more years. They are, therefore, calling for the regularization of the document by attaching salary scale on it, naming the signatories and staggering the ex-gratia payment to range from ten to fifteen to twenty years.

It could be recalled that on Monday last week, the lecturers of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET), the Northern Polytechnic in Makeni, the Eastern Polytechnic in Kenema, the Port Loko Teachers College and the Freetown Teachers College went on a sit down strike for appalling and irregular conditions of service.

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