Posted By Staff Reporter
The PNG Government is implementing a new technology system that will hunt down teachers and publich servants who think they can be absent for work daily and claim for overtime unnecessarily.
The Government is cracking down as it wants to save costs. Yesterday, a presentation was co-hosted by Concept Group and Time & Access
Systems to all government department executives to introduce the biometric time
in attendance management system which interfaces with Alesco payroll to address
the issue of absenteeism in the public service.
This is the hand punch technology which shows one’s presence, time and date of being in office and clocking out, the most suitable product to address absenteeism and over
Public Service Minister Sir Puka Temu attended the event at Holiday Inn to witness Harry Simpson, the managing director of Time and Access Management Systems PNG, go through the system and how it will work and the benefits it will have for the Government.
An information paper presented yesterday detailed that the Government spends about K200 million a year on overpayments and this system will ease the costs.
It shows that public servants in most provinces come to work less than 50 percent
of the time and it is costing the Government about K6.25
“The issue of teacher absenteeism including public servants has been of great concern both at the national and provincial levels,” the information paper stated.
“This technology will result in public servants not paid if they do not come to work.
“As a means to address this issue, ALESCO has subcontracted Time and Access Systems to
provide the hand punch technology as the most suitable product to address ‘time
theft’ by public servants including teachers.
“This technology will accurately capture teachers time worked and will be linked to the Alesco payroll system.
“Once the technology is installed the benefits in terms of quality of education, education outcomes, accurate teacher times data and improved service delivery together with major wages cost savings will far outweigh the investment required to install the Hand punch
The technology will also result in improved public servant workplace attendance which will increase service delivery to all citizens in provinces and PNG as a whole.
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