Teachers union official suspended for saying G12 exams should be nullified

THE Secondary School Teachers Union of Zambia (SESTUZ) on the Copperbelt has suspended Kitwe district chairman Evans Chisanga for urging President Michael Sata to nullify this year’s national wide Grade Twelve Examinations on account of alleged rampant malpractices.
Mr Chisanga will remain suspended and shall not perform any duties of a chairperson until the Provincial Disciplinary Committee meets in due course to deliberate his issue to which he would be invited.

Mr Chisanga has been suspended from the union for the press statement he issued on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) Radio 4 and the social media (Tumfweko) on October 17, 2013  in which he urged the republican President to nullify this year’s national wide Grade twelve Examinations on account of alleged rampant malpractices recorded.

This is according to a letter of suspension to Mr Chisanga and signed by Provincial Secretary Brightone Makumba and copied to General Secretary-SESTUZ, DEBS-Kitwe and all media houses.

“Owing to the press statement you allegedly issued on Thursday 17th 2013 broadcast on ZNBC radio 4 and social media (Tumfweko) in which you urged the republican President to nullify this year’s national wide Grade Twelve Examination on account of alleged rampant malpractices, you have been suspended from the union.

“Your conduct contravened rule 9 of annexure C of the union constitution. Sadly, though i am particularly concerned that despite your knowledge that you are facing disciplinary charges of which the issuance of press statement was one of them, which is yet to be disposed of, you still went ahead to ultraviresly  issue a statement that had a natural character, and has the potential to excite public emotions against the union.

“To this very moment, i keep receiving numerous calls from heads of government departments and other sectors of society wanting to know why SESTUZ wants the examinations to be nullified,” read part of the suspension letter.

The letter further read ” I shudder to imagine what would become of the good name of our union if all district chairmen in all over 100 districts of Zambia woke up every morning to issue this and that statement in the misguided notion that membership is at district level and yet membership is at branch level hence the need for consultation before issuance of statements.

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