Features Letter to the Editor

Plan for teachers’ day

Dear editor
Allow me space to appeal all teacher unions, the Examinations  Council of Zambia (ECZ) and relevant stakeholders to sit down and plan for the 2015 World Teachers Day.
Since, the 2015 World Teachers Day will fall on Monday, 5th October, let, the Grade 12 final examintions commence on Wednesday 7th October, 2015.
I am very opmistic that next year if all stakeholders meet as early as January, teachers day will go on as usual unlike this year when secondary school teachers had to invigilate examinations before going to join their counterparts in the afternoon.
TIMOTHY KAMBILIMA
Former Chililabombwe ZNUT branch chairman
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Job recruitments not fair
Dear editor,
Allow me to express my pain over the recruitment exercise in Zambia. Surely we do not expect the government to intervene only when one takes his or her own life.  Do we?
Recruitments are not done on merit. One would really question the criteria used to choose the deserving candidates.
You find someone who did the aptitude test, fitness test and good school results is left out. why?
Is it because somebody submitted the name of a relative who should be considered first with or without tests or what? Government should look into this.
ALBERTO SHIPWE SHIPWE,
Kabwe

Namibia has done it better for KK
Dear editor,
KK still remains an icon of peace, a liberator and one of the towering founding fathers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
For the love of mankind, KK allowed liberation movements waging their struggle for independence to seek asylum in Zambia.  At the height of the liberation struggle, Kaunda put his life, his country’s sovereignty and the peace it enjoyed at stake against the colonists.
Now that KK has done his homework beyond Zambia’s borders, the questions is: How many have honoured him for his tireless efforts in ensuring peace to mankind, in Africa and the rest of the global village?
Zambia was not only the home of Namibian freedom fighters, but also provided political leadership by avoiding some of its distinguished sons and daughters.
Zambia was home to the UN Commission for Namibia, which extended vital support to exiled Namibians and some of its nationals who died in the struggle and are buried in Zambia.
Zambia equally opened up its universities, colleges and other institutions for the education and training of many young Namibians to prepare them  to serve as administrators and managers of an independent Namibia.
Unaware of what Namibia had in mind, KK could not help but shed tears when he received a furnished Windhoek house worth R13 million from the Namibian government.  The gesture was an appreciation of all KK did and sacrificed for the sake of that country’s freedom. It was the highest token of gratitude and appreciation for what he did for Namibians in particular.
To spice up the handover in 2012, the municipality in Windhoek sought to honour KK by renaming Uhland Street after him.
What the people of Namibia did to KK was simply to say, Namibia is his second home, he is always welcome.
DOMINIC MUNTANGA
Kabwe
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Companies urged to sponsor students
Dear editor,
I totally agree with the observations made by Owen Sichone in his article entitled ‘Why bursaries should be administered by varsities’ (Zambia Daily Mail, October 8, 2014).
We cannot pretend any longer about the corruption exhibited in the awarding of bursaries by the Bursaries Committee. As rightly pointed out by Sichone, Government should come up with a mechanism in the awarding of bursaries. As it stands now, the current system, to a larger extent favours children from wealthy families. Children of managing directors, colonels, lawyers, etc are the ones who access bursaries. Instead of Government paying for the poor, it is now paying for the rich! Honestly the whole system must be overhauled.
There is also need for government to persuade the corporate world to come on board to sponsor university education. Why should government continue sponsoring mine engineers when we have big mining companies like Mopani, KCM, Lumwana, etc? ZCCM trained different cadres when it was operational. Why can’t these companies do the same?
Government should act fast and ensure that students from poor families, not only from UNZA and CBU, are assisted. The loss of Musankwa Mukwamba is regrettable. The worst we can do is to bury our heads in the sand when things of this nature are already happening.
K. Chisha
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ZNUT not doing enough
Dear editor,
I have been a member of the Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) since 1996.  Sincerely speaking,  I have not benefited anything despite contributing my hard-earned money.
The only thing I got is a cheap shirt worth K20.00.  In most cases, ZNUT leaders side with DEBS because they want to be given ungraded schools as head teachers, deputy head teachers or senior teachers. At the moment, I contribute  K70.00 per month but I feel I do not get the  representation I deserve.
Lastly, I urge the ZNUT leadership to seriously consider looking into the plight of retired members.
Concerned ZNUT member
Luanshya

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