LOCAL teachers are calling for the sacking of the Minister of Education and Training ’Mamookho Phiri only a few days after schools reopened following the Christmas break.
Jan. 11, 2022
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Teachers want education minister sacked
LTA Secretary General, Letsatsi Ntsibolane
- Unions accuse Phiri of failing to serve her purpose and ill-treating teachers
- LTA says all the minister does is to hand out birth certificates on national TV
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The Secretary General of the Lesotho Association of Teachers (LAT), Letsatsi Ntsibolane accused Mrs Phiri of failing to serve her obligations as the minister and of refusing on numerous occasions to meet teachers' unions.
“We would be happy if she is removed from her ministerial position because she does not serve her purpose. She always appears on national television with the Minister of Home Affairs, handing out birth certificates,” he further said
“We have had other ministers before her who were very accommodating. But Mrs Phiri is impossible and does not want to work with us as stakeholders in the education sector. We want her out and will appreciate if we could have somebody who handles our issues with all the necessary care,” he added.
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Mr Ntsibolane said since the last agreement the teachers had with the Government during the 2019 strike, the latter had failed to honour the terms of the agreement.
He said the arrears on the teachers' salaries were supposed to have been paid by September 2020, adding however that to date, nothing had happened.
“The Government continues to ill-treat teachers and this has to stop urgently,” he said, adding that they still have to meet other unions like the Lesotho Teachers Trade Union (LTTU) and the Lesotho Schools Principals Association (LESPA) to map the way forward. LeNA