Government has placed back on the pay roll over 600 public primary and secondary school teachers out of the 1 000 that were erroneously listed as ghost workers and deleted from the system last month.
The deletion of those listed as ghost workers followed a headcount and payroll audits conducted by the National Audit Office (NAO) in October and November last year for all civil servants to eliminate ghost workers said to be inflating government’s wage bill.
Confirming the development Monday, Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST) spokesperson Manfred Ndovi said the remaining 400 are expected to be placed on the payroll end June upon verification of their professional documents by the Auditor General.
Among the affected 1000 teachers were over 500 from Nsanje, 312 from Ntcheu, 60 from Mzuzu, 32 from Balaka, 25 from Blantyre and 10 from Lilongwe.
Said Ndovi: “The 600 plus teachers are those that completed submission of documents the auditors were looking for by the time salaries were being processed. Some are still making submissions but since salaries have already been prepared they will be considered later.”
He was, however, quick to point out that all the affected teachers will not get their salary arrears unless they make claims.
He further acknowledged that the erroneous removal of the teachers from the payroll has affected service delivery in some schools as the affected teachers are constantly giving excuses.
The ministry has, therefore, appealed for patience as it is working on bringing all teachers back on payroll.
Secretary to the Treasury Ronald Mangani is on record saying government is already deleting the ghost workers from the system. n