MASERU – A Form E pupil from Holy Cross High School who is distressed by the on-going teacher’s mass action has appealed to government to expedite its negotiations with the picketing teachers so that classes could resume.
Ponts’o Khakhane yesterday told a meeting in Maseru that was attended by parents, teachers and a delegation from the ministry of higher education that learners who are not attending classes are under immense pressure as their time is running out.
“As time for our final exams draws near, pressure on us mounts. Soon the year will be ending and we will have to write our school leaving examinations despite the fact that we have not been attending classes,” Khakhane said, adding that time was not on their side.
The higher education ministry was represented by among others, Deputy Minister Mothepu Mahapa and Deputy Principal Secretary Rats’iu Majara.
The meeting was intended to resolve the impasse that resulted in teachers boycotting classes after government failed to address their salary issues among others.
The teachers who were recently given a certificate to go on a nation-wide industrial action have vowed to stay out of classes unless government pays heed to their concerns.
For his part, Mahapa said: “What I can assure the nation is that we have 135 principals and so far, we have already paid 114 of them. Those who have not yet being paid will get their money before the end of the year.
“And we appeal to teachers who didn’t bring their documents forth to do so before the end of April, so that they could also get their salaries.”
One of the concerned parents expressed her profound disappointment at how the government is handling the whole matter, saying as parents who pay hefty school fees, they feel greatly wronged.
“We have just paid heavy school fees and bought expensive uniforms at the beginning of the year to have our children treated like this. Honestly this is not how we should be treated as tax paying citizens of this country,” she said.