Several past and current Head teachers who were eligible and waiting since 2009 to receive their duty-free concession for vehicles are now able access the concession.
The Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) has begun making moves to contact those headteachers, some of whom would have already gone into retirement.
Forty-six headteachers were affected by the stalled-up list, which received the Guyana Revenue Authority’s approval last week.
The list was submitted since 2009 to the former PPP Government and was only approved some two weeks before the May 2015 General and Regional Elections.
One of the issues the former administration found with the list, according to the GTU, was that in its view, there was an ethnic imbalance in the recipients, although there were Letters of Appointment to confirm the eligibility of the headteachers.
General Secretary of the Guyana Teachers’ Union, Coretta McDonald told News Source today that “the list was just thrown in a corner”.
She feels that a vigil back in January outside the home of Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo on Main street in Georgetown, might have fast tracked the process.
Under an agreement with the Ministry, for someone to be eligible for the duty free concession, he/she should be in the post of a Head teacher or Deputy Head Teacher for at least three years with no less than five years remaining on the job, irrespective of the grade.
In early February, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, noted that favourable consideration was given to teachers who had difficulties with their application for duty free concession.
The Minister of State at the time stated that the duty free concession for teachers was dealt with by the government adding that “It went to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) where a favourable consideration was given to teachers affected due to administration issues in the past.