Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) ┬áhas written a letter to the Ministry of Education and skills development (MoESD) giving them a timeline of two weeks to inform the union about how they are going to remedy the long piloted school subjects that were never approved.
Some 12 years ago, Physical Education and Music were introduced as pilot projects in schools but even today they are still being piloted.
“If they don’t respond within fourteen working days, we will resort to other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms,” said Tobokani Rari, the Secretary General for BOSETU.
The concerned teachers have been subjected to unfair treatment where they have gone for about 12 years without progressing.┬á
“What matters most is that for these 12 years these subjects have been without senior teachers but work continues to be done; this is a sign of injustice,” said Rari.
On pilot status, the subjects do not have posts of responsibility that is senior teachers. Consequent to this, teachers who offer these subjects do not have any avenues to progress. “This is a violation to the concerned teacher’s rights to progression,” he said.
Rari said teachers who offer these subjects have stagnated on one salary scale for ten years.
“We have teachers who have coordinated these subjects for ten years without having been promoted as there are no avenues for promotion,” he added.
The letter was handed over to MoESD on the 3rd of September 2012 and to date the ministry hasn’t responded.