mid-year exams in jeopardy
MANZINI – The mock or mid-year examinations may be jeopar-dised as learning has stopped in most schools in Manzini following that teachers adamantly refused to go back to class.
The teachers are defying an order of the Industrial Court.
The Industrial Court ruled on Sunday that the strike was illegal.
Government Spokesperson, Percy Simelane, gave a directive that all teachers return to school yesterday morning.
At Hillside High School, there was no teacher on sight.
When pupils arrived in the morning they found only the principal and his deputy.
The Principal, Michael Simelane said he eventually had to send all the pupils back home because no learning could have continued under the circumstances.
Simelane said mock examinations were supposed to begin on Friday.
"If teachers had come to school today we were going to strategise on the mock examination because pupils have already lost a great deal.
"This makes me worried as to what we will do about the external examination because pupils have not done practi-cals for the whole week. Tests to measure continuous assessment have also not been written because of the strike," Simelane said.
Seriously, the government is not so concerned about education or the lack of it. There is no commitment from the government side to address the issues raised by the civil servants, teachers included. Maybe our donors can assist to show the government how serious this is, especially the EU which pays for Free Primary Education. The EU member states' tax payers' money is at stake here, where there are no classes yet payment is for the full school year. 4.5 % is not a salary increase, its a mandetory cost-of-living adjustment, to cater for the inflation, which is way above the requested 4.5%. So, instead of government being thankful that the civil servants are considerate, she doesn't even want to offer a single percent. Then, who is being inconsiderate here?
Jul 11, 2012, 8:58 AM, Truth Be Told!
I wish for once that the government of Swaziland could resolve this issue because our children are suffering,
Jul 11, 2012, 8:58 AM, Sbura d (Sibusisodube992@gmail.com)
The tinkhundla system is to blame for the jeopardy of the exams and the future of the pupils which will be at stake.
Jul 11, 2012, 8:58 AM, Sanele Ndlovu (email@example.com)
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