Teachers' impasse leaves Minister Ntshangase ill
MBABANE – The Minister of Education and Training Wilson Ntshangase is ill.
In an interview yesterday, Nsthangase said he developed a migraine and believed it was related to the ongoing impasse between government and teachers over a salary incre-ment.
He said he was suffering from a persistent severe headache.
When called yesterday, the minister disclosed that he was very sick and needed to see a doctor.
"Ikhanda lami liyakenketha, liyacandula, ngizokhahlela ibhakede phela ngalendaba yothisha," said Ntshangase.
"I am suffering from a severe headache and might die due to the current teachers’ impasse."
Ntshangase said he was currently experiencing sleepless nights because of the incessant headache.
He said he was very stressed by the unresolved dispute between government and teachers, especially because pupils were suffering in the process.
When the minister was called, he said he was on his way to see a doctor.
He said the current situation had now reached a crisis point which required a quick solution.
Ntshangase said he was receiving endless phone calls from concerned people enquiring about the teachers’ strike.
... says hiring new teachers won’t help
MBABANE - The Minister of Education and Training Wil- son Ntshangase says the hiring of new teachers to take up the posts left by dismissed teachers would not help the situation.
Ntshangase said the new teachers would need time to adapt to the syllabus.
"Employing new teachers will not make the situation any better. Experience counts the most in the teaching profession as there are critical subjects involved," he said.
Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) President, Sibongile Mazibuko shared the same sentiments.
Mazibuko said Ntshangase was a professional who clearly understood the cordial relation- ship that has to be developed before any learning process could take place.
- For the first time Makhalempi talks sense. This will not work. As parents we will not allow it. Umnyaka uphelile nyalo. When will the kids get familiar with the new teachers and new teaching styles? Ansudlala ngalabantfwana nalemfundvo. This is all sickness from tinkhundla government, nobody thinks straight kulentfo le. Sbongile is very right. Makhalempi as a former teacher must use his knowledge angadlali ngatsi, inhloko le isetamphatsa nakangasebentisi ingcondvo.
August 8, 2012, 8:00 am, Happiness Shongwe (hs@ymail)
Mine bengati kutsi Minister akusuye. He is not the one doing this but he is pressurised. He was the only minister to say Circular No. 1 must be removed long before this happened, he once said "ngizothini kothisha ngoba bafuna imali" that was when the teachers did not open schools and the Parliamentarians said he must go and speak to them. I Phalamende ithule du, why do we need to go for elections because there is no one to speak on our behalf. I prefer sibaya because I will speak for myself, iphalamende ayicitfwe.
August 8, 2012, 8:00 am, td dlamini (email@example.com)
- The fired teachers should be looking at possibilities of seeking for compensation from Ntshangase, for the financially, emotional and psychologically abuse that them selves and their families suffered as a result of the unfair dismissal once the courts rule in their favor which is highly possible. This will be a lesson to every employer that policies and laws are developed to be followed and people's rights must be observed at all times. The government has saved a lot of money through the no- work no- pay which the effected last month in an attempt to divide the teachers.
August 8, 2012, 8:00 am, thulani (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Dear sir, Uyati sidziniwe nguletidli tasephalamende (ministers included). Baphike kumemeta njengetinkomo without any action. The teachers are not asking for much compared to what is taken from all of us as a nation. yonkhe lephalamende nalamaministers must go, and the time is now. that includes the prime minister. What a shame!!!!! Thanks, EMDLAMINI
August 8, 2012, 8:01 am, emdlamini (email@example.com)
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