The National Union of Technical Education Lecturers and Allied Workers (NUTELAW) says it is hopeful that President Edgar Lungu will help solve the challenges that the workers in this sector are faced with.
In a congratulatory message to Mr Lungu as Zambia’s Sixth President, NUTELAW President Mathews Mwaba has thanked the people of Zambia for electing the Patriotic Front –PF party Leader.
ZANIS reports that Mr Mwaba said this in a statement made available in Mansa today.
Mr Mwaba says the union sees the election of President Lungu as one that will help solve the many challenges that workers in technical education and vocational entrepreneurship training are faced with.
Mr Mwaba says the Technical Education Lecturers and Allied Workers have for a long felt neglected by boards running the institution which he said had failed and called on the newly elected president to look into the matter.
He said since the year 2000 when the boards began running the institutions TEVET institution workers have continued to work on contracts conditions a situation he said had brought casaulization of labour.
Mr Mwaba has also called on President Lungu to consider making science and vocational training a stand alone ministry saying it was the only way TEVET issues will be prioritized adding that currently they have not been prioritized.
He said this was clear from the budgetary allocation to the sector which he said is a source of concern.
He added that there is need to take back TEVET workers on government payroll just like those from the local authorities saying this would help them negotiate the conditions of service with government.