TUN accuses Hardap Education Director of intimidation

TUN accuses Hardap Education Director of intimidation
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The Teachers' Union of Namibia - TUN - has threatened to take the Director of Education in the Hardap Region to court for what it terms - intimidation of the highest order.
The threat came after Mzingisi Gqwede wrote a letter to school principals on Monday, requesting the names of teachers who will not be part of the looming strike.
The TUN said in statement that Gqwede cited the upcoming Grade Ten and 12 examinations as reasons and requested the names of teachers who will not be part of the strike, to fill the gaps of those who might be striking.
It says Gqwede requested the principals to submit the names not later than Tuesday.
TUN Vice-President Matheus Haakuria said Gqwede's request is in violation of Section 76 of the Labour Act of 2007.
Haakuria said requiring non-striking teachers to perform duties or hiring individuals to do so, will be illegal and will expose the Directorate of Education, Arts and Culture in Hardap Region, Hardap Regional Council, and the Government to serious litigation.
He asked Gqwede, on behalf of the TUN, to withdraw his communication to the schools in Hardap Region within 24 hours or face legal action.
Contacted for comment, Gqwede said he did not receive the letter from TUN and it is NOT in their mandate to tell him what to do.