Tuesday, December 6, 2022

BOSETU threatens stern action against Regional Directors

As diverse issues continue to sway the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, the Botswana Secondary Education Teachers Union (BOSETU) has vowed to take unsympathetic actions against Regional Directors who continue to trample on the rights of teachers.

This comes in the middle of a tug of war between the Central District Region’s Director, Marcos Maedza, and the teachers which led to him and the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) being dragged to the Francistown High Court by the Union last week.

During a press briefing in Serowe Village on Thursday, the Vice Secretary General of BOSETU, Tobokani Rari, publicly warned that any Regional Director who continues to abuse the rights and welfare of teachers will regret his or her actions.

“All those Directors who are like Maedza, are all slowly becoming the enemies of the Unions and we are going to make their lives miserable,” Maedza warned.

It emerged last week that after Maedza failed to take into account the petition by the union to reinstate some temporary teachers whose contracts were abruptly terminated, the Union decided to haul the matter to court on the view that the teachers were expelled unfairly for refusing to mark the Junior Certificate exams.

According to the Recording Secretary of the Union, Solomon Batsietswe, about 60 temporary teachers’ contracts in Central District alone ┬áhave been terminated and the teachers were served with the termination letters on the 28 October this year for allegedly refusing to invigilate the exams.
The teachers in the Central District are pointing an accusing finger at Maedza for failing to address their grievances.

Rari went on to lambast the Minister of Education and Skills Development, Pelonomi Venson Moitoi’s efforts of trying to negotiate with them to participate in the exams, adding that it served to try and tarnish the teaching profession image as the current exams are polluted and corrupted.
“We will not retrace our steps to participate in BEC duties because the earlier judgment by the Francistown High Court stipulated clearly that we are not tasked with invigilation or any duties of the BEC,” he said.

Rari also added that the ruling by Francistown High Court does not differentiate permanently employed teachers from the temporary teachers. He added that they will not rest until the terminated teachers are reinstated. The Union is adhering to the ruling by Justice Mpaphi Phumaphi last year which ordered that the teachers are not compelled to perform the duties of BEC.

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