Gaborone – Teachers in Botswana have threatened to disrupt the end-of-the-year examinations to press their demands for invigilation allowances, local media reported on Thursday.
Mogomotsi Motshegwa, acting President, Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union said that government should treat with urgency, the dispute over course work and invigilation pay for 2015.
Motshegwa cited operational discrepancies in primary schools and review of the bargaining forum status that teachers have previously enjoyed, as some of the challenges teachers want resolved.
“We are going around the country to take mandate from teachers on the issues.
“We will encourage those who are working on course work to continue to do that but hold marks until the minister listens to our demands,” Motshegwa said.
Government and teachers relationship remains sour since 2011 though negotiations between unions and government have been ongoing.
The government has accused teachers of dragging their feet in discharging their duties following the 2011 industrial action.
“People must understand that we also have the interests.
“But we cannot allow the employer to hold us to ransom,” said Johannes Tshukudu of the Botswana Teachers Union while refuting allegations on deliberate slowdown by teachers. (PANA/NAN)