MOZAMBICAN PRESIDENT SAYS DELAY IN PAYING OVERTIME A SIGN OF MISMANAGEMENT

MAPUTO, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has described the chronic problem of unpaid overtime for the country’s teachers as a symptom of mismanagement in the education system.

Chairing a meeting of the Ministry of Education’s Consultative Council after visiting the Ministry and several of its subordinate institutions here Wednesday, Nyusi was told that the Ministry had an enormous debt to teachers because of its failure to pay overtime.

Data provided by Education Minister Conceita Sortane indicated that between 2013 and 2017, the total amount of overtime outstanding was more than a million meticais (about 15,500 US dollars at current exchange rates, but worth considerably more prior to the sharp depreciation of the metical last year).

Much of the overtime debt results from mismanagement. When we have a situation in which teachers are working more overtime than normal hours, that’s a sign that something is wrong, the president declared. Teaching activity should take place during normal working hours. Accumulating overtime sometimes means disorganization. Overtime should not be used to disguise lack of planning.”

Nyusi also criticized the poor quality of many school buildings. Nothing, he said, could justify building schools which are unable to resist high winds. When he had visited Inhambane province, shortly after it had been hit by Cyclone Dineo in mid-February, Nyusi found that the winds had blown zinc roofs off schools, while nearby houses, although built of flimsy materials, resisted the cyclone and did not lose their roofs.

The president was irritated by unfinished school buildings. Contractors had taken money from the State, but had not completed the jobs. Nyusi did not want a simple survey of the problem, he just wanted the Ministry to advance to a definitive solution.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK