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By ZamChro Correspondent

The Zambian government expects a one hundred percent teacher turn-out on Monday.

This follows the successful conclusion of bargaining between government and three teacher-unions, out of which teachers have been given a 15 percent pay rise.

Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary, Lillian Kapulu says teachers that will NOT report for work on Monday, will be doing so at their own peril.

Mrs. Kapulu has warned that labor laws will apply for teachers that decide to stay away from classes BUT hoped the situation will NOT reach that level.

She says there is NO justification for teachers to continue with their strike action after being awarded a 15 percent pay rise.

And Mrs. Kapulu says the ministry of finance will soon release K15 Billion as part payment of fixed band allowances for teachers.

The Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary said government is aware that teachers are owed K42.5 Billion in fixed band and is determined to off-set the arrears by August this year.

And the three Teacher unions in Lusaka say there is NO need for teachers to continue with the strike action.

And the unions have challenged those within the teaching profession inciting teachers to continue with the strike to leave the profession.

This was said by Lusaka province Basic Teachers Union of Zambia (BETUZ) Chairman Ian Miyoba, flanked his Secretary Clifford Chirwa.

Mr. Miyoba thanked national leaders from the three teacher unions for their courage and determination in reaching at the 15 percent pay rise with government.

And Zambia Union of Teachers (ZNUT) Provincial Secretary Lillian Nshinga, said teachers should report back for work on Monday.

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