Teachers’ union challenges government

Basic Education Teachers Union (BETUZ) General Secretary Jeffrey Simuntala has urged government to mitigate challenges teachers were facing in schools that include lack of adequate teaching materials and transport.

Simuntala said this during the one day BETUZ Central province quadrennial conference at VK Motel in Kabwe today. He also urged provincial union leadership to have good working relationship with DEBS as they try to help improve teacher’s conditions of service.
“Our teachers face a lot of challenges such as lack of adequate teaching material and we call upon government to address this,”  he said.

On the recent increase of fuel, Mr Simuntala was concerned that the move by government to increase fuel will affect the living condition of government workers especially teachers.

He said the increase will affect even the newly won increments of salaries and conditions of service for teachers.

Meanwhile, Central province BETUZ Director Elias Ntimpa said the union was concerned with the delayed confirmation of teachers most of whom had worked for more than six months and are still waiting to be confirmed.

And Central province education officer Enita Hamatumbika has hailed the union for holding its conference during school holidays to avoid disturbing classes. She has also urged all District Education Board Secretaries (DEBS) in the province to ensure that all government schools open next week on Monday.

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