No lessons in Mbabane
MBABANE - Teachers in the capital city lived up to their promise to continue with the ‘waya waya’ (non-stop) strike yesterday despite a court order issued on Sunday declaring the strike illegal.
The protest action enters its 13th day today, pending a mass meeting to be held on Thursday at the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) Centre in Manzini.
A visit to schools around Mbabane found that there were no lessons as teachers congregated at St Mark’s High School.
According to SNAT Hhohho Chairperson Dominic Nxumalo, the meeting was aimed at explaining the content of the court order to the members. Nxumalo said teachers would be going to the Industrial Court today to face their contempt of court charges.
The meeting started at around 8am, and ended around midday. The teachers then dispersed.
The St Mark’s High School Hall was crammed as throngs of teachers attended the meeting.
Only KaBoyce High School was found conducting lessons as usual yesterday. In fact the school has been operating normally ever since the teachers’ strike started almost three weeks ago.
At Mbabane Central High, the principal was found trying to control the pupils and directing them to go to class and study.
Government Press Secretary, Per-cy Simelane said yesterday: "We will make our position known soon but not tonight."
Pupils were released at around 1pm in most of the schools.
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