Private schools transgress: TUN

22 Feb 2018 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) – The operations and working environment of private schools is a concern to the Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN).
Speaking at a media conference here Thursday, TUN’s Secretary General, Mahongora Kavihuha, said the mushrooming of private schools in the country is compromising the work environment for teachers.
“Many private schools tend to hire the vulnerable educators such as foreign teachers who do not have papers, young, under qualified and retired teachers for the purpose of oppressing and humiliating them,” said Kavihuha.
He said teachers at private schools are lowly paid and are exposed to job insecurities, unclear employment prospects, repressive governance approaches and forced medical check-up rules as well as limited access to benefits.
Kavihuha explained that many private schools recruit teachers on short term contracts which prevent them from joining trade unions to bargain for the improvement of their employment conditions.
He added that in most cases the teachers are employed on contracts, which put them in a vulnerable position as these can be terminated without the right labour procedures being followed.
Kavihuha noted that an assessment by TUN found that there are about 200 private schools, mostly primary, in Windhoek alone and the majority have employed “vulnerable teachers”.
“It is the responsible of TUN to make sure every teacher in the country is working in a conducive environment regardless of citizenship or conditions,” said Kavihuha.
He noted that TUN is planning to engage the owners and directors of the private schools to create a conducive work environment as stipulated in the Labour Act.