Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development Silas Sehularo says that the cordial relations his Ministry has developed with teachers and efforts made by the ministry to iron out disputes they have had with teachers over payment for course work and invigilation makes them to feel confident that the coming examinations results will be better than those of the past years.
“We have done all in our efforts to iron out disputes with teachers and their Unions by increasing their payments by 6 percent. A such we expect better results this time around”, he said.
Besides increment of payments, he said that the minister, Unity Dow as well as officers from the Ministry have been visiting schools around the country to encourage teachers and students to work hard and that as such they expect better results.
Over the past few years there has been public outcry over the poor results in government schools. This was partly blamed on the poor relations between the teachers and Ministry.
Teachers’ grievances had festered unattended for long.
Asked to comment on the issue, Publicity Secretary of teacher trade union BOSETU, Solomon Batsietsi confirmed that they have met with the MoE officials and that they have signed an agreement on increased payments for both course work and invigilation.
With this having happened, he said he expected both the course work and invigilation to progress well and in the end the results to be better than in the past year.
He also said that it was their wish as a union that the parties continue in this spirit of amicably resolving issues.