Teachers to stage sit-in
MANZINI – The Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) will stage a sit-in tomorrow.
The teachers’ sit-in will be followed by a march on Thursday in Siteki.
Secretary General of SNAT, Muzi Mhlanga confirmed that the two protests have been set for this week. Mhlanga would not elaborate on whether there would be further protests.
"We have decided to engage on the two different actions to send different messages to government. Our demands have not changed, the rest of the programme will be communicated to the media during the week," said Mhlanga.
He said the go-slow will result in no classes.
He added that teachers are expected to go school, but will not carry out their duties.
Mhlanga said, on Thursday, teachers will be expected to converge at Siteki for a march where the teachers will deliver a petition at the Regional Education Offices. "There will be no teacher’s at school on Thursday so parents will send pupils at their own risk," warned Mhlanga.
Asked on the Trade Union of Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) recent trip to Geneva, Mhlanga said he had not been mandated to speak on it. Attempts to reach TUCOSWA President Barnes Dlamini were futile as his mobile telephone was off.
Last week teachers engaged in a two-day strike that started in Mbabane and ended in Manzini.
I fully support the educators on this one given the amount of work they do to uplift the economy of the country through education. It's going to work to their advantage to stage a go-slow-strike coz the employer will not make use of the dirty no-work-no-pay nonsense. On the other hand I pity them because they are parents to the very same kids who will suffer as collateral. Being a teacher myself I know that at times we love our learners as our own kids and sympathise with the learners and find ourselves teaching secretly. This is another way in which we show passion for our work. Instead of rewarding that ,the employer thinks of reducing salaries. The sit-in-strike is a polite way of asking for what is due to you, it will further protect you from being beaten by the armed forces. Carry on with the struggle, viva S.N.AT viva!
Jun 19, 2012, 3:23 PM, Bonga Ground (email@example.com)
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