Teachers unions say it’s a strategic retreat

Teachers unions say it’s a strategic retreat

MASERU – THE spokesperson of the Lesotho Association of Teachers (LAT), Letsatsi Ntsibolane, says they will give negotiations between teachers’ unions and the ministers’ subcommittee a chance before deciding the next steps.
He said they are not cancelling their strike but they are just retreating to allow negotiations to take place.
“When the army retreats it does not mean they are surrendering,” he said.

He appealed to his fellow colleagues to give talks a chance so that they could see if the talks will resolve their grievances.
“We might have a meeting with teachers this week. This strike will end in December 2019. We are yet to fight,” Ntsibolane said.
He said they are giving their employer a chance to work out their grievances, adding the fact he has advised his comrades to retreat does not mean they were surrendering.
He said their war is not yet over.

Ntsibolane made these revelations after the chairman of the Cabinet Subcommittee that was set up to address the teachers’ grievances Chief Thesele ‘Maseribane said all schools will be reopened on Monday next week.
‘Maseribane told a press conference on Tuesday that parents must prepare to send their children to school on Monday.
He said the statement had been endorsed by the subcommittee and the teachers’ unions.
“We have forged an agreement to continue together in good spirit. The two sides have agreed to announce that schools be reopened on the 1st April,” he said.

He said all what the agreement entails would be unpacked today.
“We are looking forward to see (learning) taking place,” Chief ‘Maseribane said.
He said the teachers’ grievances have been looked at with utmost consideration.
He said some of the grievances have already been worked out.

‘Maseribane said a technical committee comprising representatives from the Ministries of Education, Finance, Public Service, Law and teachers’ associations had been set up to deal with the crisis.
“The government and the associations appeal to the nation to take their children to school,” he added.
School owners and board members together with all relevant stakeholders should start making preparations to take their children to school, he said.

Teachers have been locked in a fierce strike with the government over salary increments, salary structure, and new school curriculum amongst other issues.
As part of their strike, teachers would go to school for a week in a month and stay at home for the other three weeks.

Nkheli Liphoto

 

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