UPDATE: Oshana teachers say they deserve the increase

13 Oct 2016 17:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 13 OCT (NAMPA) – Some 1 000 teachers from all over the Oshana Region gathered near the Adolf settlement in the Ongwediva Constituency in support of the countrywide teachers’ strike on Thursday.
Oshana regional chairperson of the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu), Isai Nanhapo told Nampa during the meeting that they discussed how they would conduct themselves for the indefinite duration of the strike.
He said the teachers will gather at their respective centres from Friday to pressurise the government to meet their demands.
Teachers are demanding an eight per cent salary increase, but the government is insisting on a five per cent increase.
Nantu’s regional chairperson for Oshikoto, Tomas Niilonga in a telephonic interview told this news agency that teachers there also convened on Thursday to discuss the strike rules and behaviour expected of them during the strike.
“We have several points, two to three points in each circuit in our region, where striking teachers will be gathering as from Friday,” Niilonga said.
Some teachers and pupils in northern Namibia on Thursday turned up for classes, reportedly because the news of Government’s failure to obtain a High Court interdict to put a stop to the strike only reached them Thursday morning.
The Labour Court late Wednesday dismissed Government’s urgent application and ruled in favour of teachers to have the strike’s rules, determined by a Labour Conciliator, remain unchanged.
Government Wednesday evening announced the interruption of classes and year-end examinations at all public schools till Monday.