BTU and BOSETU to negotiate with BEC

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Teachers unions ,Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) and Botswana Sectors of Trade Unions (BOSETU) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Botswana Examination Council (BEC) that would allow teachers’ trade unions to negotiate better remuneration and other welfare issues emanating from BEC contracted jobs (marking, Invigilation and moderation of practical subjects) for their members. The signing of the memorandum of understanding has been hailed as a good move at the right time in the wake of an outcry from teachers who are contracted by BEC on the poor working conditions and low remuneration. In line with its mandate of advocating for better working conditions for its members, BTU does not want to leave any stone unturned in advocating for the best for its members in an attempt to dignify BEC’s contracted jobs for teachers. “The signing of the memorandum comes as a positive development in line with the BTU tagline of advocacy and protection”, emphasized BTU’s Deputy Secretary General, Cde Keorapetse Rebobonye. He also observed that currently teachers are only paid well for travelling expenses they incur when they travel to marking centers but the same cannot be said for the professional service of marking traded to the council by adding that the practice has highly demotivated teachers especially those staying in places near the marking centers.