Teachers In 20% Salary Increase

GOVERNMENT has awarded salary
increments of between 4.3 percent
and 19.4 percent for 2016 to
teachers in different grades, Minister
of General Education John Phiri has
said.
And Government has recruited 4,450
teachers out of the 29,890
applicants.
Dr Phiri told a press briefing in
Lusaka yesterday that Government
and the four teacher unions
concluded negotiations for improved
salaries and conditions of service
and signed the collective agreement.
“The four unions that include Basic
Education Teachers Union of Zambia
(BETUZ), Professional Teachers
Union of Zambia (PROTUZ),
Secondary School Teachers Union of
Zambia (SESTUZ), and Zambia
National Union of Teachers have
introduced a contributory public
service funeral insurance scheme,”
Dr Phiri said.
He said the scheme is a response to
teachers’ standing concerns about
the inadequacies of the funeral
grants as provided for in the current
collective agreement.
Dr Phiri said central to the
negotiations was the desire to correct
the distortions arising from the
creation of the single-spine salary
structure.
He said this has resulted in the
separation into different salary
grades of officers previously
clustered in salary Grade H.
And Dr Phiri says Government has
successfully concluded recruitment
of teachers.
“Out of a total of 29,890 applications
that the Ministry of General Education
received from all parts of the country,
4,450 applicants were selected
depending on available vacancies in
each province,” he said.
Dr Phiri said the 2015 selection
process was rigorous and started at
the district level through to the
national selection committee.
The national selection committee has
representation from the Ministry of
General Education, Anti-Corruption
Commission (ACC), Teaching Service
Commission, Examinations Council of
Zambia (ECZ) and provincial
education oifficers.
He said Northern Province recorded a
higher number of selected applicants
at 609 while Lusaka Province had
273 successful applicants.
Dr Phiri also said 8,078 teachers
have upgraded their qualifications
from diploma to degrees while
43,521 certificate holders have
upgraded their qualification from
certificates to diplomas.
“Currently, there are about 32,853
teachers who have not yet upgraded
themselves to acquire diplomas,” he
said.
Dr Phiri added: “Arising from the
audit qualification report, Government
and the teachers’ unions agreed to
migrate teachers with higher
qualifications to appropriate grades
by December 15, 2015 but will start
getting their new salaries on January
1, 2016 as contained in the signed
collective agreement.”

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