The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ), Central Province chapter, has pleaded with the government to start paying teachers for supervising and invigilation in examinations.
NAQEZ Provincial Secretary, Justine Kabungo, said that during the examinations period, teachers worked beyond the stipulated time.
Kabungo told Zambia Monitor that a supervisor for examinations in urban schools leaves home as early as 05:00 hours and closes as late as 18:00 hours, yet there were no allowances to that effect.
He claimed that a driver or security officer working with the teacher, who was a supervisor, was paid meal allowance and that this discrepancy had brought a lot of frustrations among teachers.
“NAQEZ in the region is urging Ministry of Education to set aside funds from fourth quarter grants specifically for supervision and invigilation of the internal examinations in the country,” Kabungo said.
“Examinations are critical. They need to have well-motivated personnel to wholeheartedly administer them,” he said.
Kabungo added that it had been observed that among the stakeholders involved in the administration of examinations, only teachers were not paid any allowances.
“Once again, NAQEZ is making a passionate appeal to the government through the Ministry of Education to start paying teachers involved in administering internal examinations, using the fourth quarter grants which schools receive,” he reiterated.
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