Give teachers 4.5% - Sibaya
LUDZIDZINI - Fifty-eight per cent of speakers at the People’s Par-liament yesterday said govern-ment should give teachers the 4.5 per cent cost-of-living adjustment on their salaries.
They also called for the immediate reinstatement of all the fired teachers.
Of the 33 speakers who made submissions, 19 were in favour of the teachers’ demand.
The speakers were of the view that teachers were a valuable resource and key to effective national development.
"I plead with government to reinstate all the fired teachers and give them salary increments, if we really want to stabilise the economy, otherwise we risk making the economic situation worse than what it is today," said Zanele Dlamini from Nkhaba.
Meanwhile, John Shongwe from Ngudzeni said he did not understand why government refused to grant the teachers the increment they were requesting. "Teachers are not being given salary hikes but politicians get huge perks through Circular No. 1. This should come to an end if the country seeks to ensure prompt economic recovery," said Ncobile Mndzebele from Tikhuba.
Siboniso Matsebula from KaLanga emphasised the importance of teachers in society.
"Teachers are role models. They work tirelessly everyday to ensure that our children have a bright future. Even government leaders look up to teachers with great hope of giving their children quality education. Therefore, it becomes confusing why these leaders fail to increase their salaries because they expect them to deliver impressive academic results," Matsebula said.
Chiefs should meet King once a week to advise
LUDZIDZINI-Chiefs should meet the King at least once a week to advise him on national issues.
This was one of the recommendations made at the People’s Parliament yesterday.
Presenters unanimously said this move could help give His Majesty a clear understanding of how general members of the public at chiefdom level want the country to be governed.
"In the past, the King frequently met chiefs to consult on how certain national issues could be addressed. These meetings where the King meets chiefs in closed sessions should be revived," said Matata Maseko.
I wounder if this 58% are just ordinary people or teachers that who commented @the SIB AYENI aboutt he 4.5 increasment on teachers salary.why dont the teachers be patient with the gvt as it is tryn to get some money let alone for the teachers only bt for the whole civil servents.
December 8, 2011, 8:00 am, Gwajiza mjororo (firstname.lastname@example.orgINBOX)
- It would have ben 98% if the setting was not as intimidating as Sibaya, if people were allowed to associate with any organization and mobilize without fear and intimidation of police. It would have been 98% if the ground was level. In a sibaya setting the ground is not level for everyone because one has to respect the owner of the kraal, as per Swazi custom. Its like playing music at home when your father is there, you don't play it as loud as you would if he was not there. For he owns the house.
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