Observer on Saturday - - News -

The Swazi­land Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Teach­ers (SNAT) has at­tacked the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion for try­ing to stop them from cel­e­brat­ing Teach­ers Day on the date they felt was suit­able for them.

SNAT Pres­i­dent Mbongwa Dlamini said it was not a good idea for the Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Dr Sibongile Mtshali to sug­gest that they (SNAT) should cel­e­brate the day on an­other day in­stead of yes­ter­day (Fri­day).

The PS had said the tim­ing was wrong as the teach­ers were sup­posed to be in class.

How­ever, the PS was de­fied as the teach­ers went ahead with the event held at King Sob­huza II Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Nh­langano.

In his re­marks when ad­dress­ing the mul­ti­tude of teach­ers, the SNAT boss said he won­dered what dif­fer­ence it made as even on Thurs­day dur­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Girl Child, it was a school day and school ac­tiv­i­ties were pro­gress­ing in­clud­ing ex­ams.

He said even the day SNAT had wanted to use for the cel­e­bra­tions of the Teach­ers Day, it was suit­able to them.

She (PS) was ad­dress­ing a gather­ing which in­cluded pupils and teach­ers at the Bhunya sports ground and to our knowl­edge, yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) was not a week­end or hol­i­day but a school day. “You then won­der what dif­fer­ence it makes to have the cel­e­bra­tions held to­day (Fri­day).

She was be­ing un­fair. We heard her but what she was say­ing, it was some­thing out of the way. For her to tell SNAT to look for an­other day for this event, we could not heed to that ad­vice hence we are here,” said Dlamini.

Dlamini also told the gather­ing that some of the teach­ers on their way to Nh­langano, en­coun­tered chal­lenges as po­lice were all over the roads try­ing to turn them back.

“Yes, when some of us were com­ing here, we en­coun­tered prob­lems as po­lice were all over the roads and the plan was to turn us back.

These are the hard­ships we face as teach­ers as even when we are in­volved in an ac­tiv­ity recog­nised glob­ally, we are frus­trated,” said Dlamini.

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