By NATION REPORTER
FAST track training programmes ensure that teachers are adequately qualified and Government should be commended for the initiative, Isoka District Union Alliance (IDUA) chairperson Oswald Lukonde has said.
He said training of teachers through various fast track programmes clearly showed that Government attached great importance to improving the standards of education in the country.
Speaking at the World Teachers’ Day commemoration in Isoka, Mr Lukonde said a qualified and highly motivated teacher was key to the provision of quality education, hence, the need for Government to come up with more fast track training programmes.
Mr Lukonde, however, called on Government to pay fees to St Eugene University for the teachers it sponsored under the fast track programme.
He said most of the teachers sponsored under the fast track programme in Mathematics and Science had completed their programmes but had not graduated due to non-payment of fees by the government.
‘’Some of our teachers that were sponsored by Government under fast track programme at St Eugene DMI University, have not yet graduated, owing to Governments’ non-payment of tuition fees.
It is our humble appeal that the matter be resolved between Government and university before our teachers start getting frustrations,’’ Mr Lukonde said.
He said the fast track programme had contributed to the development of science and mathematics in schools, hence, the need for the pending issues to be resolved so as to motivate the teachers for the benefit of learners.
A qualified and highly motivated teacher was key to a quality education system and that was why Government needed to come up with more fast track programmes, he said.
He appealed to Government to improve the conditions of service for the teachers, saying it was unfortunate that some teachers in the district were still living in grass- thatched houses.