Zambia National Union of Teachers has asked government to bring back extra duties that were withdrawn from teachers.

Government has been urged to bring back extra duties that were withdrawn from teachers.
Speaking during the World Teachers Day held in Chipata today, Zambia National Union of Teachers National Trustee, Lazarus Chongo says that teachers need the extra duties because they are helpful to society.
Mr. Chongo says that duties like sports are very important as they produce National champions in various activities.
And Mr. Chongo says that this year’s Teacher’s Day is an opportunity to honour men and women who inspire and nature people.
Mr. Chongo called on government to create a supportive teaching environment, adequate teacher training and safeguard the rights of teachers.
He added that government should break the vicious cycle of declining professional conditions for teachers in order to improve the quality of learning for all.
Mr. Chongo also says that an estimated 1.7 million more teacher position are required to reach the goals of Universal Primary Education by 2015.
Meanwhile hundreds of teachers in Mambwe district this morning joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Teachers Day which falls today October 5.
The event which was spiced up by the brass band from Gonda Barracks, attracted all schools in the district to Jumbe Basic School, where it took place.
Speaking during the cerebration Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia, BETUZ, chairperson, Obby Phiri, said that unions are aware of government’s efforts in mitigating teachers’ challenges that directly affect delivery and implementation of government policies.
Breeze Staffer, Peter Sukwa reports that Mr. Phiri says unions also appreciate government’s commitment in reducing the teacher pupil ratio which stands out as one of the major challenges faced by most schools in rural areas.
He, however, stated that teachers hope that government shall consistently recruit more teachers.

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