Desperate retired teachers appeal for their terminal benefits from government

Some retired teachers in Eastern Province have complained of not being paid their terminal benefits since 2005.
Speaking to Breeze News, some of the affected former civil servants say that they have exhausted all efforts to get their money from the Chipata District Education Board Secretary’s office but to no avail.
They say that government also owes them various allowances that include repartition, leave days benefits, extra duty, double class and salary progression difference since 1992.
One of the affected teachers Mathias Banda has wondered how teachers, who retired recently, are being paid before him.
Mr. Banda says that he is tired with excuses at the Chipata District Education Office, that funding by government towards payment of retirees is not enough.
He says that the ruling party in Eastern Province should intervene if President Edgar Lungu’s vision to lift the living standards of Zambians is to become a reality.
And when contacted for comment, Ministry of Education Spokesperson, Hilary Chipango says the Ministry of Education is not to blame but the Public Pension Fund.
Mr. Chipango says that the Ministry of Education always compiles information for retired teachers, which is submitted to the Public Pension Fund.

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