Education authorities in Mazabuka say they have received a
circular from education permanent secretary directing them to take appropriate disciplinary action against teachers who participated in what government described as an illegal strike.
Mazabuka District Education Board Secretary, Darius Kaluba, confirmed the development to ZANIS in Mazabuka today.
Mr Kaluba said his office is now compiling the list and would soon commence disciplinary action against the erring teachers.
But Zambia National Union of Teachers District chairperson for Mazabuka, Engleigh Malambo, told ZANIS that there is urgent need for the government to quickly withdraw the circular.
Mr Malambo said meting out punishment on the teachers would just ignite what he termed as indefinite industrial unrest which will be difficult to handle.
He said there is need for the government to appreciate the fact that the strike action was caused by its delay to conclude salary negotiations.
Mr Malambo said now that teachers have agreed to go back to work, government should find the root cause of the industrial unrest that almost paralysed the education sector and find solutions on how to prevent future strikes.
Over 1,000 teachers in Mazabuka participated in the recent strike action.