The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

18 August 2010

Tanzania: TTU Urges Teachers to Adhere to Ethics, Rules

Bukoba — Teachers in Bukoba Municipality, Kagera Region, have been urged to adhere to their professional code of conduct and Public Service Rules ahead of the October General Election.

The Tanzania Teachers Union (TTU) secretary in the region, Mr Yusuph Mbelwa, said experience from previous general elections indicated that teachers were abandoning classes to participate in campaign rallies contrary to the ethics and rules in question.

Mr Mbelwa told The Citizen that the ethics and rules required teachers to refrain from engaging in politics during work hours.

"Should teachers fail to observe the ethics and Public Service rules and continue engaging in politics during work hours, the employer is entitled to take legal action against them," he cautioned.

The TTU duties included educating and protecting teachers' rights, but the unit would not defend teachers, who deliberately break the rules, he said.

Meanwhile, the Kagera regional commissioner, Mr Mohamed Babu, said it was embarrassing to note that Kagera residents recklessly failed to trade with their counterparts in the neighboring countries.

Mr Babu said this while officiating at the Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority Consumer Consultative Council (Ewura CCC) meeting held in the municipality yesterday.

He cited the ongoing rampant use of kerosene for adulteration of petrol regardless of the side effects of the vice.

Petrol adulteration was embarrassing to the region and the nation at large, he said, stressing that competitiveness was not measured by the quality of the products alone, but also by ethics and good conduct governing the transactions.

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