SNAT BLAST PS
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.