Friday 25 May, 2018

MoE assures payment to school maxi-taxi drivers

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has put measures in place to verify all invoices for payments to maxi taxi operators who are contracted by the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) to transport school children.

This comes following reports by the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday of planned protest action by the union representing the drivers. The protest was expected to occur outside the PTSC garage in San Fernando over non-payment for a period of four months.

However, a release from the MoE notes that the decision follows concerns raised by persons from various quarters to carefully review and analyse all requests for payments, in order to ensure quality service and value for money.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the review exercise conducted by the Ministry has so far resulted in the reimbursement of approximately $ 1.7 million to the drivers. 

The attached table highlights details of invoices received and the variance after the analysis.

 

Month

Invoices Received

Revised Gross

Variance

October, 2017

$5,530,000.00

$4,650,000.00

$880,350.74

November, 2018

$6,071,402.00

$5,362,223.00

$709,179.41

December 1-15, 2018

$3,030,790.00

2,909,563.00

$121,227.39

Grand Total

 

According to Minister Garcia, the invoices for payments for January 2018 were received from the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) on April 20 and are being processed.

Minister Garcia reiterates that the service provided by the maxi taxi operators is valuable and the Ministry of Education will continue to work with them as a valuable stakeholder in the Education Sector. 

 

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