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1700 Schools to be Gazetted 17/02/2017
Government through the Ministry of General Education says it will gazette 1700 schools across the country. Minister of General Education, Hon. Dr Dennis Wanchinga said this during his speech at BETUZ 12th AGM held in Livingstone from the 17th - 19th of February 2017.
To reduce the walking distances to school, the government has put in place a policy that no child should walk more than 5Km to school. A total of 220 primary have been upgraded to secondary schools and 117 new secondary schools are under construction of which 62 have been completed.
5700 new teachers were employed and deployed during 2016 and another 2600 will be employed this year. This was stated by Minister of General Education, Hon. Dr Dennis Wanchinga at the BETUZ 12th Annual General Meeting held in Livingstone on the 17th - 19th of February, 2017.
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ANTUSA Programme 2015: Durban
The Association of Non-Aligned teachers ‘Unions of Southern Africa (ANTUSA)’s will meet in Durban, South Africa from the 31st of March
to the 5th April, 2015. This initiative attracts teachers from the Southern African region including Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana,
South Africa , Mauritius and Lesotho.
This initiative helps teachers from all participating nations have an opportunity to share culture values, learn from others how to handle a number tasks related to teaching and interact to enhance personal attributes in line with the teaching profession.
Zambia will participate under BETUZ with a total of three hundred teachers from across the country. This programme has always brought about a great personal effect on the participants including our Zambian representatives. A number of activities take place during this period . Excitement, Adventure,New Experiences and Knowledge are part of the great attributes one gets to accomplish from this outing.
All teachers are always encouraged to participate in this annual programme by ANTUSA who's headquaters are in Namibia.
A Call Against Tribalism
From the time Zambia was born in 1964, our forefathers have always preached and practiced a
One Zambia, One Nation slogan. The slogan has kept us and made us enjoy the various cultures and tribes that exist in our nation. Read More
2015: Education International Confernce in Ottawa
Teacher trade unions world over gathered in Ottawa Canada for education international 7th world congress under the theme" unite for quality education". Zambia was represented by BETUZ, SESTUZ and ZNUT national leader from the 22nd to 26th July 2015.
Key resolution made was that teachers should unite for quality education and they must stand up against any policies that hinder the provision of appropriate and quality teaching and learning environments in our education systems. It was further observed that if education is to meet sustainable development needs for country specifics, teachers must take a leading role in defining what can work for education systems world over.
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BETUZ RATED THE BEST PERFORMING UNION BY THE LABOUR COMMISSIONER 19/02/2017
Labour Commissioner, Mr. Chanda Kaziya has congratulated the BETUZ leadership for the clean and up to date financial records that he always receives at his office. He also couldn't hold his excitement in expressing the outstanding corporate image BETUZ has exhibited over the years.
The commissioner also took advantage of the opportunity to remind all Unions present to take seriously the provisions of the law as they deliberate in their operations. He called out that the presence of Labour Officials in over forty five (45) districts across the country need to collaborate with unions in order to help meet the needs of the workforce employed by the government and similar.
Speaking in his Closing remarks at the BETUZ AGM, the commissioner noted with concern the fragmentation of the labour movement as a factor that leads to weakening the voice. He has since wished success in the plans of the amalgamating of teacher unions urging them to first consider the plight of teachers across the country.
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Labour Commissioner , Mr. Chanda Kaziya
2017 Livingstone, ANTUSA 22/02/2017
ANTUSA 2017: Livingstone
The Association of Non-Aligned teachers ‘Unions of Southern Africa (ANTUSA) will meet this April in Livingstone, Zambia. Over 400 southern African based teachers will participate .
Every year, each member country of the association wins an opportunity to host this social and professional teacher programme in a bid to enhance teacher networking and participation in the SADC region. Among the major highlights of this programme include Netball, Football, Volleyball, Modeling as well as cultural exhibitions.
This year's ANTUSA programme will be hosted in Livingstone City, in Zambia in April of 2017 and will attract over six hundred (600) teachers across the region. Among hte participating countries include South Africa, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and the hosts , Zambia.
5 Unions will be a challenge 17/02/2017
Minister of General Education, Hon. Dr Dennis Wanchinga lamented that having 5 unions under the teaching fraternity will be a huge challenge due to the many challenges the ministry is currently going through. He further urged and encouraged the coming together of the four (4) trade unions to amalgamate under one voice which will be strong and united . The honorable minister said this during his speech at BETUZ 12th AGM held in Livingstone from the 17th - 19th of February 2017.
In 2015 , MOGE received only 30% of the total national budget while in 2016 it was between 12.5 to 17.5 % and in 2017 its 16.5 %. He encouraged that if the teachers were represented with one union , it will be easier to sit down and re-negotaite better conditions for the teachers.
The four (4) teacher union, ZNUT, PROTUZ, BETUZ and SESTUZ are still discussing processes that will help bring up one teacher union in Zambia.
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Mnister of General Education, Hon. Dr Dennis Wanchinga
Erring Teachers Cautioned 17/02/2017
Professional conduct of teachers is of great concern to the ministry and nation as a whole. Teacher absenteeism, lateness, lack of lesson preparation , drunkenness, teacher involvement in exam mal-practise and abuse of school girl dents the teacher profession and affects the development of communities. This was contained in a speech read by the Minister of General Education , Hon,Dr Wanchinga at the BETUZ 12th AGM held in Livingstone from the 17th - 19th of February 2017.
He further condemned erring teachers and cautioned teachers countrywide to observe professional conduct. The minister also expressed delight at the role unions played in helping teachers conduct themselves professionally.
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This year's programme attracted over 1000 teachers from all member countries
who participated in different activities of the programme. Among the activities
included the following plus the goals scored:
1, BOSETU (Winner)
2. BETUZ (Runners Up)
1. BOSETU (Winner)
2. PEU (Runner)
2. BOSETU (Runners Up)
2. Cultural Exhibitions
Due to the invaluable importance our African culture has upon our society, participating countries had to showcase different acts depicting their settings from where they live in. It is from these cultures that men and women grow into becoming responsible and notable persons in societies they live in. Participating countries exhibited dances, poems, songs and other acts. The following videos showcase some of the acts presented.
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3. Mr & Miss ANTUSA Contest
Every year, ANTUSA gets to usher in two new faces for the association. This comes in through the ambassadors selected to represent the association at various ceremonies, implement new ANTUSA goals and stand as brand delegates. The selection is done via the Mr and Miss ANTUSA beauty and personality contest. 2014 had seen Mr Antusa from Botswana and Miss Antusa from Namibia. In 2015, Mr Antusa was scooped by Songiso Mundiya from Zambia and Miss Antusa was won by Mimi Machabe from Botswana.
This year, 2016, Mr ANTUSA was won by Songiso Mundiya again and Miss ANTUSA was won by Morapedi Felicity from South Africa.
Mr ANTUSA Points were scored as follows:
1st Zambia -
Miss ANTUSA points were scored as follows:
Miss Antusa (South Africa)
2nd Princess (Zambia)
View Mr & Miss Antusa Contest gallery
ZATU is finally born
ZATU finally formed. After lengthy discussions that have been directed toward the amalgamation of the four (4) Teacher Unions in Zambia, a conclusive end has been reached resulting in the formation of Zambia Teachers Union (ZATU). SESTUZ, PROTUZ, ZNUT and BETUZ all met in Livingstone to deliberate on the way forward in the formation of one Teacher Union.
22nd February, 2017 marks the birth of ZATU , a union with one strong voice for better teacher conditions.
Viva ZATU Viva!
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EI - 3rd World Women Conference
- Marrakech, Morocco.
The EI Status of Women Committee held its 3rd EI World Women’s Conference. A number of resolutions were made with relation to women in education across Africa and the globe. More of the deliberations will begin taking effect in various disciplines country - wide.
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