NAQEZ DESCRIBES K500 SALARY INCREMENT FOR TEACHERS AS PAINFUL

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NAQUEZ Executive Director Aaron Chansa

NAQEZ DESCRIBES K500 SALARY INCREMENT FOR TEACHERS AS PAINFUL

By Tellah Hazinji

The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia –NAQEZ- says there is no hope for teachers in 2024 following the outcome of the 2023/2024 collective bargaining for improved conditions of service for teachers.

NAQEZ Executive Director Aaron Chansa says at a time when all teachers expected a reasonable increase in their salaries in order for them to afford the ever-rising cost of living, it is very painful to accept the fact that government and teacher unions agreed to increase salaries by only K550 across the board.

Dr. Chansa states that even with an increase in transport allowance from 15 percent to 20 percent of one’s basic pay, the difference will not make economic sense.

He adds that when the country’s exchange rate is volatile, the inflation rate at above 11 percent and the cost of borrowing currently impossible as most teachers are heavily indebted, increasing salaries by only K550 is a mockery to teachers and a drop in the ocean.

Last Friday, the public service unions agreed to a salary increment of 15% translating to a K550 for all civil servants effective 1st January 2024.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Is this thing called Aaron Chansa normal? A payrise of K550 per month is a lot money expecially when you add 15% rise to Transport Allowance – what is wrong with him?
    What value actually does his Union add to the education of our learners?
    These are some of the Unions that need to be scrapped because they just divert resources from good causes into hefty salaries of Union leaders like Aaron Chansa that add nothing to cause of Education.
    We just need to strengthen the School Standards and scrap off useless AQUEZ and nobody will miss it. Useless man.

  2. Why is this union leader crying about. At least he has an increase. Does he know that the masses who are not civil servants do not have that same benefit. He is behaving like the former president who said he was being paid crumbs. How despicable this is.

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