BUJUMBURA February 16th (ABP) – The chairman of the National Social Dialogue Committee (CNDS) Mr. Sylvestre Ntibantunganya chaired on Monday, February 14th 2022, the signing ceremonies of an agreement between the Ministry in charge of National Education and unions affiliated to COSESONA, a check on the site by ABP has revealed. On that occasion, the chairman of the CNDS recalled that on January 18 of this year, the Minister in charge of education and the COSESONA chairman signed a joint declaration. In that statement, the Minister suspended the organization of the test to detect the strengths and weaknesses of each teacher by subject, at that time as COSESONA suspended its intention to start a strike. At the end, he added that, the two parties then undertook to conduct sincere and frank negotiations with a view to reaching solutions to the problems posed. Those negotiations were to relate to the organization of a test for teachers of the first three cycles, the organization of exams in social networks and the high cost of wage politics. Under the mediation of the CNDS, Mr. Ntibantunganya specified that these negotiations took place from January 26 to February 11, 2022 on the first two questions. They have just led to the conclusion of an agreement which the two parties then signed, supported by the CNDS.
Regarding the question relating to the high cost of political life, the CNDS chairman indicated that those two parties are aware that the CNDS is in contact with the partners concerned for a negotiation with a view to the concretization of what is already agreed. He took that opportunity to invite the two parties to start their negotiations on that issue very quickly. He also took the opportunity to invite and encourage the partners of the world of work, the government, employers and workers to always refer to and respect the constitution and the laws in the design and organization of their relations and to always privilege dialogue when there are differences between them. Finally, Mr. Ntibantunganya indicated that the agreement which was signed comprises four parts, in particular the general provisions, the organization of a test for teachers of the first three cycles, the organization of examinations in school networks and the final provisions at the end of that ceremony, the two parties signed on that agreement.