Sit-in for mbabane teachers
MBABANE – Most teachers from schools in Mbabane were engaged in a sit-in yesterday.
Following a resolution taken by teachers at Tuesday’s mass meeting to return to class yesterday and today, the teachers abided, but vowed that their indefinite strike would resume tomorrow.
Schools like Motshane High school and Mater Dolorosa released pupils earlier because teachers were not teaching.
A visit by this publication to some schools around town found that pupils were loitering while some were returning home since there were no classes.
At Motshane High school teachers were found basking in the winter morning sun while pupils were going back home. This was at around 10am. In some of the schools, teachers were reported to be attending the parents meeting which was called by civic organisations at Bosco skills centre in Manzini.
Pupils excited as teachers return to class
SITEKI - Pupils and parents at Mpundle High School were excited when teachers returned to class yesterday and conducted lessons.
This follows the decision by teachers to suspend their stay away for 48 hours to allow legal proceedings to continue undisturbed. Since the protest started a week and a half ago, learning has been brought to a complete halt at Mphundle High School because none of the teachers reported for duty. Yesterday morning, pupils applauded and whistled when they saw teachers attending the morning assembly. Most jubilant were the Form IIIs and Form Vs, who have been most affected by the stay away.
The principal of the school, Phumzile Nkumane, confirmed that all teachers were present, adding that the situation was back to normal.
"As we speak all teachers are in class and they are conducting lessons. In the morning they told me they will be conducting early lessons before going to Manzini to attend a meeting but at the moment they are all in class," said Nkumane.
Meanwhile, in other schools around town teachers reported for work, but did not conduct lessons.
At Good Shepherd High School some teachers were reported to be present but remained inside the staffroom before leaving for the parents meeting in Manzini.
At Lubombo Central High School teachers were also reported to be present but did not conduct lessons.
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