Some teachers in Mongu district of Western Province are allegedly abandoning government teachers’ houses for them to be eligible to receive housing allowance.
A check by the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) at Kande Primary School found five teachers’ houses deserted son that the teachers, who once occupied these houses, can start receiving housing allowance.
The only house which is occupied is for the head teacher. A reliable source, who sought anonymity for fear of victimization, told ZANIS that the teachers were renting houses in Mongu urban area leaving government teachers’ houses unoccupied.
The source further explained that the teachers were boarding mini-buses from Mongu to their designated school and back home every working day.
And Mongu District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) Mulonda Sendoi said he was aware of this development but quickly blamed the community for failing to report such matters to his office.
Mr. Sendoi noted that the trend was common in many schools especially those that were located in Mongu pre-urban areas.
He however lamented that he was facing harassment from the members of the public whenever he attempted to take strong action against erring teachers.
He has since advised teachers to reoccupy their government teachers’ houses at their respective schools before disciplinary action is taken against them.