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The draft joint ordinance setting the treatment of permanent military teachers and honorariums of non-permanent military and civilians at ISCAM, was one of the items on the agenda of the Cabinet Meeting of December 22, 2021

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Dec 29, 2021

BUJUMBURA December 29th (ABP) – Three other bills have also been introduced. These are the Draft joint ordinance fixing the treatment of permanent military teachers and the honorariums of non-permanent military and civilians at the Higher Institute of Military Executives (ISCAM), the Draft joint ordinance on modalities for the granting of supervision costs for healthcare facilities and health professionals taking care of interns from the Military Paramedical School (EPMM) and the Draft joint ordinance granting honorariums to civilian teachers and members of the jury at the military trades school (EMM)

It was reported that the Higher Institute of Military Executives has two categories of teachers, namely permanent military teachers on the one hand, and military teachers and non-permanent civilian teachers on the other hand.

Decree No 100/170 of November 22, 2018 on the reorganization and operation of ISCAM provides in its article 44 that permanent military teachers assigned to ISCAM benefit from special treatment set by a specific regulatory text.

The same article provides that non-permanent teachers at ISCAM benefit from honorariums and costs of supervision for end-of-study work set by a joint ministerial ordinance of the Minister in charge of National Defense and the Minister in charge of Finance on proposal of the head of the National Defense Force. Since the signing of that decree, neither of those two implementing texts has been put in place. That draft ordinance addresses this concern.

View of the members of the Government in the Meeting

Regarding the Military Paramedical School (EPMM), it was created by Ministerial Ordinance No. 520/1860 of November 27, 2014. That school is recognized by the ministry in charge of public health. It therefore complies with the standards of secondary paramedical schools in Burundi, as well as all other requirements of the regulations in force.

The interns at this school do internships in health facilities and benefit from related supervision like all other students in paramedical schools. Those facilities and their authorized personnel receive fees for supervising interns via the classic debt declaration procedure.

But currently, for reasons of budgetary governance, the granting of those costs must be provided for in a regulatory text. This has led to the temporary freezing of the granting of those fees, pending the implementation of that text, which hinders the operation of that school. The purpose of that draft ordinance is to meet this administrative and regulatory requirement to allow the normal functioning of that school.

Concerning the Military Trades School (EMM), it was approved by ministerial ordinance N° 570/2108 of November 21, 2016 of the Minister of Public Service and Employment and therefore has the obligation to comply with all the requirements prescribed by the technical and professional training regulations.

That School makes use of teachers and civil experts who receive honorariums through the classic procedure of declaration of debt. But currently, for reasons of budgetary governance, the granting of those costs is conditional on the establishment of a related regulatory text. This has led to the temporary freezing of the granting of those fees, pending the implementation of that text, which handicaps the operation of that school. The purpose of that draft ordinance is to meet that administrative and regulatory requirement to allow the normal functioning of that school.

The Cabinet had analyzed those three draft ordinances and returned them with guidance for them to be reworked.

During the analysis of those bills at second reading, the following observations and recommendations were made: certain aspects may induce a budgetary impact not foreseen in the annual budget 2021-2022, the granting of certain advantages (bonuses, allowances, fees) may lead to claims in other structures, certain rates or amounts that those ordinances want to apply greatly exceed those applied elsewhere.

Ultimately, the Cabinet noted that the guiding principle is the harmonization of wages. For this, the Minister in charge of Finance and that in charge of National Defense were asked to come together to harmonize the amounts proposed by complying with the texts in force before proceeding to the signing of those ordinances.