SECONDARY School Teachers Union of Zambia (SESTUZ) general secretary Sitibekiso Wamuyuwa has warned teachers to desist from engaging in active politics at the expense of teaching pupils.
And Copperbelt provincial education officer Dominic Nyambe says there is need for teachers to work hard and reduce alarming levels of illiteracy in the province.
Mr Wamuyuwa said the teacher’s place is in the classroom and not political rallies.
“Colleagues, let us not engage in politics. I am not saying you should not vote on voting day. Voting is your right, but we should not have a situation where a teacher is speaking at a political rally.
“Yes, they will clap for you that you have spoken well, but why speak well at a rally when you cannot deliver a good lesson?” Mr Wamuyuwa said.
Mr Wamuyuwa said this at SESTUZ Copperbelt general conference in Kitwe to usher in a new committee.
And Dr Nyambe said there is need for teachers in the province to fight illiteracy because many people are still not able to read and write.
“Copperbelt has so many people who have not attended school and I would like to direct you teachers to work very hard in fighting these illiteracy levels. It’s disappointing and heart-breaking that many people in our province cannot