Suspended teachers banned from schools
MBABANE – Government has banned all the suspended teachers from setting foot on the premises of the various schools they were attached to around the country.
The ban is contained in the various letters of suspension issued to the teachers.
Macanjana Motsa, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Education and Training, signed the letters of suspension dated July 30, 2012. Motsa also doubles as the Schools Manager.
"You are instructed to stay away from the school premises until your matter has been finalised," reads one of the letters in part addressed to a certain teacher based in the Hhohho region.
This newspaper is in the possession of the letter.
As part of the conditions of suspension, the teachers have been requested by the ministry to hand over all official books and teaching aids to the school administration.
Such teaching aids comprise of scheme books, preparation books, registers and teaching guides.
"You will report for duty at the Hhohho Regional Education Office (REO) every Friday at 10am, until your matter has been finalised," states the letter of suspension.
The matter, as per the letter endorsed by US Motsa, will be referred to the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) for consideration in accordance with the Teaching Service Regulations of 1983.
SNAT Secretary General Muzi Mhlanga, in an interview yesterday, said the ban imposed on the teachers on the school premises would definitely impact negatively both on them and their immediate families.
"In the event the teachers are expected to vacate the teachers’ houses, their school going children will suffer a lot as they’ll have to travel long distances," Mhlanga noted. He further observed: "The suspended teachers themselves will be compelled to travel long distances as well every Fridays to report to the offices of their respective REOs."
... TSC to decide on their salaries
MBABANE – The Teaching Service Commission is still to decide whether the suspended teachers should be placed on half pay.
This was said by Macanjana Motsa, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Education and Training, in the letters of suspension issued to the affected teachers.
"Regulation 18(2) states that a teacher suspended in terms of sub-regulation (1) shall receive a portion of his/her salary not exceeding one half of his/her full salary as the Commission may determine.
The Commission will communicate with the teachers after a decision had been made on this matter."
The teachers, as per the document, have been suspended with effect from Monday (July 30, 2012).
Regulation 18(1) reads: "If a teacher is charged with a criminal offence, manager shall suspend such a teacher from duty and shall refer the matter to the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) for its consideration."
too bad! as far as i am concerned this brings no solution to swazi socio-economic crisis but instead even more of unanticipated crises in the future. you cant solve a problem by another but rather draw all grievances from diferrent parties for small talks negotiations to make all parties understand and ease the problem.in such a case, unsuspended teachers wil never rest the case until their colegues are given back their jobs! in result of all these, our shool children wil be victimised by such actions, socio-economi crisis wouls exacibate for the wors among other issues. WHY DO SWAZI EMPLOYERS CONDUCT SUCH NATIONAL AFFAIRS LIKE THEY ARE AINTS ACADEMICS. As an SA student citizenship it strikes my heart difficult to note that SD economicaly would never be better!
December 8, 2011, 1:01 am, thami! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
comrades we are with you in your struggle.injury to one is an injury to all.foward with the strike until the demands are met.phansi ngamagundwane that are betraying teachers phansi.
December 8, 2011, 1:01 am, sandile (email@example.com)
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