MATSAPHA:Mbongwa Dlamini the Swaziland National Association of Teachers(SNAT) President has said Government always accuses teachers of all the bad things happening in the country.
This comes after Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini accused the teachers union of inciting learners to engage in class boycotts in demand for democratic reforms.
Education Minister Lady Howard-Mabuza did not respond when reached for comments, by this publication.
Speaking during the commemoration of the World Teachers Day on Tuesday, the SNAT President said as teachers they worked overtime in ensuring that children became successful in life without expecting any reward.
"Our work is to enlighten the children not to brainwash them and if there was a teacher that incited learners to revolt,that would be unfortunate.As a Union we have never advised any of our members to incite learners to engage in violence”, he said.
The SNAT President also condemned government for prioritizing the armed forces over teachers. He said teachers were engaged on contracts while the armed forces were permanently employed.
Eswatini, a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa is facing growing calls for democratic reforms. King Mswati unleashes his security forces to brutalise those who call for democracy including students .
SNAT President Mbongwa Dlamini.