PETITION AGAINST 2017 TEACHER RECRUITMENT IN WESTERN PROVINCE AND RELATED MATTERS
by the people of Barotseland
28th November 2017
The Permanent Secretary
We are appalled by, strongly protest and reject the naked systematic impoverishment and denial of employment and business opportunities for the people of Barotseland by the successive Zambian regimes.
The recently released list of 2017 recruited teachers, whereby out of the national figure of 3,148 only 300 Barotse nationals have been engaged. We, as Barotseland nationals, can no longer tolerate this injustice. What is most hurtful is that out of the 427 targeted recruitment from the sixteen districts of Western province, less than 242 are indigenous to the territory while our people are not given the same opportunity in other provinces. This means that 185 recruited teachers do not speak Silozi, the language of instruction in lower primary school. This scenario has disastrous effect on the foundation of the education of our children. We demand that the 185 new teachers be redeployed to their indeginous regions; and that they be replaced by teachers of Barotse origin who speak the local language. Already, we have too many teachers in Barotseland who are defying learning Silozi in defiance of the Education policy where a child should be taught in Silozi from preschool to grade 4.
Further, the people of Barotseland are not proportionally represented in all sectors of government as can be seen from the following;
The people of Barotseland are disproportionally represented within Barotseland, as follows;
We trace this diabolic scheme to 1965 when the Witwatersrand Native Labour Association (WNLA) contract with the South African mines, which was bringing in an estimated £250,000 to Barotseland treasury every year, was abruptly closed using the Employment Act to ‘punish’ the people of Barotseland. This was also meant to inhibit Barotseland to proceed to independence on its own after the Northern Rhodesia government realized that it was financially viable to stand on its on. A policy that continues to this very day in order to keep our people in perpetual poverty and dependence on Zambia.
In conclusion we demand that: