Boycotting Teachers Return to Class
Written by Andrew Mukhuwa Thursday, 10 November 2011 15:00
MANGOCHI: About 96 teachers in Machinga district who were boycotting work because they were not receiving Rural Hardship Allowances have finally resumed teaching.
This follows discussions the teachers had with Deputy Minister of Education responsible for primary and secondary education Mr. Wictor Songazaudzu Sajeni.
The boycott affected about 15,000 pupils from six primary schools in the district.
On Tuesday, Peace Lipalapata, a Standard 4 pupil from Michongwe Full Primary School at Ntaja in Machinga district was on the veranda of her home tired after playing all games she could in her state of idleness.
Her prayer inwardly was, “God, give wisdom to the minister of education to end this deadlock so that I start schooling again.”
A visit by ZBS on Wednesday to the affected schools, confirmed that about 15,000 pupils who have been idle for six weeks made a sigh of relief as they saw the inside of a classroom following the order of deputy minister of Education, Science and Technology Wictor Msongazaudzu Sajeni who told the teachers to resume classes.
The deputy minister in his order, said by boycotting classes, the teachers denied the pupils the prospects of bright future.
He said it was government’s wish to see to it that every citizen’s right is respected.
He further said the teachers should have, as professionals, prioritized the future of the child other than personal egos like the hardship allowance which he said was not part of their professional ethics.
According to one of the teachers who sought anonymity said the teachers have agreed to go back to class but if it happens that the minister has failed to live up to his words to help them, they will tool down again.
To show that all they wanted was assurance to be helped, the teachers, according to supervisors from both Ministry of Education Headquarters and the Eastern Region Division supervisors, had all their work prepared in form schemes of work and lesson plans.
One of the parents whose child is in Standard 8 at Michongwe Full Primary School, Mr Dickson Sawa, said he was very happy because the resumption of classes in the schools means that standard 8 pupils will be prepared to sit for Primary School Leaving Certificate.
He commended the teachers for listening to the deputy minister’s order and the minister for intervention.
The sit in started from the onset of first term of 2011-2012 academic year. - Zodiak Online
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