News today that the education minister, Anthony Garcia has established a Ministerial Committee, tasked with issues pertaining to retirement benefits for teachers. The issue was initially brought up in April during a retirement function held by TTUTA.
It had been revealed then that the ministry of Education had been inundated with complaints of prolonged waiting periods by retired educational professionals, for their retirement benefits. The Minister says such a situation is unacceptable and will now work to ensure that benefits are received within three months of confirmed retirement.
The convened Committee will focus on reducing the wait time for the receipt of benefits; ensuring retirees are knowledgeable of the processes proceeding retirement and creating a free flow of information for tracking all throughout the process before payment.
Minister Garcia said that the entire process for payment does not lie with the Ministry of Education but rather, the Comptroller of Accounts and the Auditor General. He reminded prospective retirees that the process for benefit payment begins one year before retirement commences.
The Committee comprises persons responsible for the processing of payments of every level; Human Resources, Finance and Accounts, Records Management, and it is expected to have a working action plan in one months’ time.