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With effect from 2011, Provincial Education Directors will serve as disciplinary authorities in cases where teachers are facing allegations of misconduct, a function that was performed by the Permanent Secretary as Head of Ministry. This will see all determinations of misconduct hearings being made by the Provincial Education Directors, a development which is likely to see teachers facing a lot of injustices because of institutional bias against teachers which is entrenched in the Ministry.

This new dispensation is outlined in Secretary's Circular No. 2 of 2011 dated the 14th of March 2011 and is based on the the PSC Circular No. 4 of 2010 dated the 17th of January 2011.

Effectively, the new policy redefines the categorisation of senior, middle and junior grades and teachers have been placed in the juniour grade for disciplinary purposes.

The PTUZ is greatly worried about the low levels of labour law in the public service and the Provincial Education Directors are equally incompetent to handle legal disputes. Section 50 of Statutory Instrument 1 of 2000 (Public Service Regulations, 2000) does not give enough guidance to the imposition of penalties and is open to obtuse interpretation. Under the circumstances, teachers' rights to fair and commensurate punishment shall be compromised