Education rights activist Limbani Nsapato has advised the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) to post new teachers in time to avoid undue delays and promote efficiency in the system.
Nsapato, who is coordinator of Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (Ancefa) based in Lusaka, Zambia, was reacting to reports that newly trained teachers under the Initial Primary Teacher Education (Ipte) and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) have petitioned government and threatened to hold demonstrations in Lilongwe today over delayed posting.
“I believe it is within their rights to protest, especially when the government is not taking care of their needs in time,” he said.
However, Nsapato acknowledged that the demonstrations would put a dent on government and reflect badly on MoEST ability to act promptly.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the newly trained teachers, a product of Kasungu Teachers’ Training College, said they were tired of government’s false promises.
MoEST spokesperson Manfred Ndovi has described the planned strike as unfortunate, especially coming after the ministry had assured the teachers that their problem would be resolved as their recruitment is covered in this year’s budget.