————Eastern Province Minister, Malozo Sichone, says he is disappointed with some teachers’ poor dressing when reporting for work.
Mr Sichone said he was disappointed that some teachers looked more like villagers than public service workers.
He said this during a spot check at one government funded staff housing unit project at Ukwimi ‘A’ basic school in Ukwimi resettlement scheme of Petauke District yesterday.
He said it was the responsibility of teachers to look smart to give a good example to the community they were serving especially the youths.
The Minister directed all Head Teachers at Primary and Secondary Schools to ensure that all staff at their schools were smartly dressed at all times.
Mr Sichone urged teachers to improve the general cleanliness of the surrounding of their houses and schools in order to provide an enabling environment for work.
He directed all District Education Board Secretaries to go round schools to check on the cleanliness of the premises and offices.
And in a related development, the Minister has warned that construction companies that had done shoddy jobs in the past must not be tolerated.
Mr. Sichone said this during a spot check of a KR200 000-00 staff housing unit project at Ukwimi ‘A’ Basic School.
He expressed disappointment that the contractor had abandoned the site and that the project was still at box level and yet the report was showing that the project had already been completed.
The Minister said it was unfortunate that while government was in a hurry to bring the much needed development to the people, some selfish contractors were misusing funds meant for the improvement of people’s lives.
He called on the Office of the District Commissioner to work closely with the buildings department and to put in place an infrastructure development plan that would ensure periodic monitoring of the projects.
Mr Sichone who was accompanied by the Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Bert Mushala said any contractor who wanted to frustrate government’s efforts will not be tolerated and that those contractors politically aligned to the former government must be retired.