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NAQEZ demands decent pay rise for teachers – the mast online


WE expect a decent salary increase for teachers so that our educators can meet the high cost of living which now stands at K8,000 for a family of six, ”said Aaron Chansa, Executive Director of National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ).

Chansa said teachers have suffered too much for too long and too much, especially since they haven’t had a reasonable salary increase since 2012.

He said they deserved better terms of service this time around.

Chansa said a wave of high expectations has engulfed the teaching fraternity as the government negotiates with unions for better terms of service for public sector workers.

“As the National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ), an organization that promotes among other things the welfare of teachers in Zambia, we expect a decent salary increase for teachers so that our educators can coping with the high cost of living which currently stands at K 8,000 for a family of six, ”he said. “The teachers have suffered too much and for too long, especially since they haven’t had a reasonable salary increase since 2012. They deserve better terms of service this time around.

Chansa said if teacher unions did not secure funding for salary increases and substantive appointments for thousands of acting teachers for years, NAQEZ would be “totally disappointed with them.”

He said failure to secure the funding would perpetuate the suffering and demotivation that many teachers across the country have endured.

“As an organization, we are concerned that this will drastically affect the delivery of education in schools. Besides upgrading pay scales for those with higher professional qualifications, confirmations in substantive positions and salary increases, NAQEZ is aware that the overwhelming majority of teachers expect unions convince the government to carry out serious reforms of NAPSA and reduce the retirement age, ”Chansa mentioned. “Unlike the current situation where retirees do not receive lump sum retirement packages, it is expected that changes will be made quickly to allow NAPSA to pay lump sum payments to retired teachers. For retirement age, teachers want to retire at 55 and never at 60 when you are too old to effectively lead an independent life.

Chansa said that for the normal retirement age 55 is the best, as it still leaves enough energy to manage personal affairs and “indeed to enjoy the product of his public service labor.”

“Above all, it creates a space and an opportunity for young professionals to have gainful employment. The retirement ages of 60 and 65 need to be reviewed as soon as possible, ”Chansa said.