6 Jan 2015

152 Vanuatu teachers set to be retired

8:57 am on 6 January 2015

The Vanuatu Teachers Service Commission says it is going to retire 152 governent teachers this month.

The chairman of the commission, Dereck Alexander, says the last parliament session approved the retirement payments for those teachers.

He says their retirement will enable vaccant positions for teachers that have recently graduated from the Vanuatu Teachers Training Center.

Last month, 94 newly trained teachers received their certificates after three years training at the center, but are still awaiting their appointments by the commission, and have expressed concerns over the delay.

However, Mr Alexander says that the commission will not make any appointments until the retirement of the 152 teachers has been completed.

He says the new teachers will receive their appointments before government schools begin their 2015 programme, from February the 3rd.

Schoolchildren in class, Tanna Island Vanuatu.

Schoolchildren in class, Tanna Island Vanuatu. Photo: AFP