Teachers union urges government to quicken screening process

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Teachers union urges government to quicken screening process

Kasama, May 22, ZANIS—– A teacher union in Northern province has urged government to speed up the process of screening teachers eligible for responsibility and double class allowances.

Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia (BETUZ) Provincial Chairperson Obby Chisala says his union is not against government’s decision to withdraw the named allowances for purposes of ensuring that only deserving teachers receive the entitlement.

Mr Chisala however expressed concern over the lack of consultation by government before the effecting the new move.

 He told ZANIS in Kasama today that teacher unions were ready to dialogue with the Ministry of Education over the matter in order to avert the looming strike action by teachers over the withdraw of their allowances.

 Mr Chisala observed that teachers in the province were disappointed with the government’s move to scrap off responsibility and double class allowances without prior notification.

He has since called on government to ensure that the eligible teachers were paid their responsibility allowances in arrears once the process of screening system of ghost workers is completed.

Recently, Government announced its decision to suspend responsibility and double class allowances for teachers throughout the country in order to remove ghost workers benefitting from the incentive.