Maputo, 8 May (AIM) – Nineteen teachers from various levels of education, in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, have lost their lives in the first quarter of the current year, victims of chronic diseases.
According to Hamida Sebastião, of the Nampula Secretariat of the National Teachers Organization (ONP), at least 100 teachers also died from chronic diseases in the previous year.
Sebastiao was speaking during a visit by Abdurremane Selemane, the Nampula district administrator, to the Organization’s headquarters.
“Teachers face many difficulties, since their overtime payment has been delayed, as well as their health and funeral allowances”, Sebastião said, cited in Monday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Notícias”. He also stressed that the allowances for work accidents have also been delayed.
Teachers also protest at their conditions of work, since in some schools they give lessons in the open air.
For his part, the district administrator acknowledged the existence of unpaid overtime, but promised that “the government is doing everything to pay its debts”.