No pay for striking teachers

No pay for striking teachers

MASERU – MORE than 80 percent of primary school teachers face a bleak month after the government announced that they will not be paid.
The government is implementing the no-work-no-pay policy to punish teachers who have been striking for months.
The Ministry of Education’s principal secretary, Dr Thabang Lebese, told thepost yesterday that at least 85 percent of primary school teachers will not receive their salaries this month.
Dr Lebese said the government is “serious about the no-work-no-pay policy”.

“The Ministry of Education and Training has gathered data of teachers who decided to boycott classes and those who still attend classes,” said Dr Lebese who is the principal secretary for higher education but was speaking about the entire ministry’s position.
“We already know who is going and who is not going to work.”

On Tuesday Dr Neo Liphoto, the principal secretary for basic education, issued a circular reiterating the no-work-no-pay policy.
He said the ministry is “perturbed by the current state of affairs prevailing in the country where normal teaching and learning in some schools are interrupted by teachers strike notwithstanding an assurance and commitment by the leadership of the teachers’ unions that there won’t be a strike while the signed agreement still holds”.

“All school principals are required to provide the dates in which their schools were closed during the period 12th to 23rd August 2019; and 2nd to 4th September 2019.”
“If opened on the said dates please provide names of teachers who were doing their work and those who abandoned their teaching duties including the principals,” Dr Liphoto said.
He said the information should be submitted to the district education managers’ offices by today.
He said the principals will submit these reports every week.

The spokesperson of the Lesotho Teachers Trade Union (LTTU) in Maseru district, Tiisetso Rasheleng, told thepost that they were now encouraging teachers to report for duty.
He said the LTTU changed its stance following intervention by the Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN) and the Development for Peace Education (DPE) which are mediating in the teachers’ dispute with the government.

Rasheleng said the union believes “the government is doing something about their grievances”.
He said relations between teachers and the government have improved since the LCN and DPE intervened.
Teachers have been striking for the past year, demanding better salaries and improved working conditions.
Previous negotiations to break the impasse have failed, with the unions accusing the government of reneging on its promises.

Nkheli Liphoto

 

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