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Mpulungu teachers condemn allowance removal

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Mpulungu, May 21, 2013, ZANIS—The Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) in Mpulungu has condemned the removal of special responsibility and double class allowances by government.

In an interview today, ZNUT district secretary Amos Chileshe said teachers in the district had received the news with displeasure especially that government had not given valid reasons warranting the removal.

Mr Chileshe claimed that the action was illegal because the allowances were budgeted for adding that the action would subject teachers to harsh conditions.

He further added that the action had no justification and was de – motivating to the hard working teachers.

Mr Chileshe has appealed to government to consider rescinding the decision as the removal of the allowances was sending a wrong signal to the deserving teachers.

Most teachers in the district have complained that there had been a reduction in their take home pay after special responsibility and double class allowances were removed from their pay checks as indicated on their May, 2013 payslips.

Mr Chileshe however added that the teachers’ union would soon engage the government to establish why allowances the budgeted for allowances could have been be removed.

Meanwhile, government explained its decision to remove the allowances as a measure aimed at cleaning the system invaded by ghost teachers.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Mpulungu???, what kind of influence can Mpulungu teachers make on things of national debate? Muleikala fye fimo fyena. Atleast you appeared mu newspaper, ni noun.

  2. life pa Zed. Who are you to be consulted. I am waiting for the drum when Secretary to Cabinet to announce in September that the govt has no money to effect civil servant pay rise . They should sacrifice until next budget in January 2014. Sata at work. Remember him when he was Lusaka Governor? Minister of Healthy? Minister without portfolio? etc. he rarely consult.
    Remove 1000, then add 450 in September( X-1000 +450= -550)= salary reduction

  3. You have to suffer otherwise how can there be enough money to pay for SATAs 150% increase?

    Don’t complain, the pRESIDENT needs more money in his pocket!

  4. Which Ghost workers? this time payroll is decentralized , there very rare cases to find Ghost worker, i think even the permanent was surprised to find that allowances were removed, because know he very well the situation on the ground.

    • Which Ghost workers? this time payroll is decentralized , there very rare cases to find Ghost worker, i think even the permanent secretary was surprised to find that allowances were removed, because know he very well the situation on the ground.

  5. Less money you pockets! you don’t even know how to teach.
    How can you teach the teachers? Sata, don’t kubeba turned on them. Bravo!!

  6. Less money in your pockets! you don’t even know how to teach.
    How can you teach the teachers? Sata, don’t kubeba has turned on them.
    Cut their salaries and don’t kubeba. Bravo!!

  7. Education is the backbone of any development. If this nation is to succeed, let bo person or institution frustrate teachers’ efforts.

    Then for the colleague who belittled Mpulungu, that is pure shoddy thinking. Never at any point under-rate a community. You will be disappointed. Tell me where chachacha was… Freedom fighters came from such areas.

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