In light of reports that teachers who are seconded to the hinterland have to pay for their own accommodation, Minister of State Joseph Harmon has rubbished such reports, claiming that once a teacher is sent in the hinterland to perform duties, the Government takes care of it.“Once they come from the coast to the hinterland, there is supposed to be State accommodation provided unless teachers refuse the accommodation provided,Minister of State, Joseph Harmonthey will have to pay the cost for wherever they choose to stay”.In a letter published by Guyana Times, it is alleged that the head teacher of Saxacalli Primary School was required to pay 10 per-cent of his salary as rent for the teacher’s living quarters that he is temporarily occupying.It was also highlighted that hinterland teachers would use their own computers and printers to complete tasks for the school without getting a stipend from the Government for using same. In some instances, the Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) is concerned that the aforementioned situation could lead to some teachers returning to the coastland.As such, the PTA has called for the matter to be investigated and dealt with at once since it believes if teachers return to the coastland, it will add to the already fragile situation where the hinterland schools lack teachers.Meanwhile, Regional Executive Officer, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) Gavin Gunga denied that hinterland teachers have to pay for their own money for their accommodation. When further questioned, he reiterated that “No, they do not have to pay anything.”
165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two men in a stolen Honda led El Monte police officers on an hour-long pursuit today. El Monte Police Agent Raul Linn said the incident started around 10:30 a.m. when officers tried to stop the battered, early 90s model Honda for a traffic violation near Ramona Boulevard and Durfee Avenue. Dispatchers told the officers the vehicle had been reported stolen and after the driver failed to yield, the chase was on. A detective who happened to be in the area laid out spike strips and punctured the car’s two back tires about 20 minutes into the chase. But the driver kept going, leading officers on surface streets at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour through El Monte, Baldwin Park, Temple City and Industry before finally stopping on Valley Boulevard near Hacienda Boulevard in La Puente. Police arrested Alvaro Montes, 19, of El Monte who was the alleged driver and passenger David Padilla, 27, of Pomona. They are being held at El Monte City Jail on charges of grand theft auto and evading arrest.