Nudo Youth League backs teachers’ strike

13 Oct 2016 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 OCT (NAMPA) – The Nudo-Party Youth League said Thursday that it supports the nationwide teachers’ strike despite its implications towards the education sector.
Spokesperson for the party’s youth league, Kanguana Muatjitjeja said this at a media conference, ahead of the strike which started this morning.
Muatjitjeja warned that if teachers’ demand for an eight per cent salary raise is not resolved the strike would continue and this would have perennial implications on the education sector.
This would include high failure rates of learners, especially Grade 10s and 12s who are writing national examinations.
“We support the strike, because teachers should exercise their rights,” he said.
He added that Government’s lack of prioritisation to important issues like the teachers’ demand for an eight per cent salary increase is what has led to their downing of chalks.
Government offered five per cent only claiming that there is no money to pay the eight per cent.
The Nudo youth league encouraged teachers to continue with their strike until their demands are met, even if it means striking until 2017.
Teachers started their nationwide industrial action Thursday morning after the High Court ruled Wednesday that the strike rules would remain unchanged.
(NAMPA)
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