The Ministry of Education has revealed that it is aware of certain individuals peddling lies against the Ministry and government by issuing false allegations aimed at eroding people’s confidence and trust in the Ministry.

The Ministry has stated that a Senior Union Official is working with Head-Teachers and Provincial Education Officers to destabilize the ministry in perpetrating hate and character assassination to the ministry and government. This is according to a press statement issued to ZANIS by Ministry of General Education Spokesperson Nondo Chilonga in Lusaka.

Mr. Chilonga said the ministry is in the process of being realigned in order to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. He explained that it has been revealed that the ministry’s efforts of raising education standards by reducing monotony of officers and teachers that have overstayed in the system by way of effecting transfers has been received negatively by some officers.

The Spokesperson noted that some officers are not responding positively to the changes being made and resorted to causing confusion by championing lies against the ministry and government officials. Mr. Nondo stated that such negative efforts will not distract the positive works being carried out in the education sector.

He said the ministry will continue working in line with the government’s vision of promoting quality education service delivery. Mr. Chilonga urged teachers and teacher unions to utilize the existing technology opportunities such as Teacher Forums, responsibly to build themselves professionally by sharing productive information.

He cautioned other stakeholders to desist from using the media to disregard others and incite negative developments. Mr. Chilonga further added that all teachers are expected to be disciplined at all times as those found perpetrating such vices will be dealt with accordingly.

Source: ZANIS in Lusaka on 16 December 2017

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