15 Oct 2016 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 15 OCT (NAMPA) The Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu) and Government have agreed on a nine per cent salary increase for teachers for the 2017/18 financial year.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said at the signing of an agreement in this regard by the government, Nantu and Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) at State House on Saturday this increase will only be in effect from 01 April 2017.
President Hage Geingob was also present at the signing of the agreement.
The five per cent increase for this year, effective 01 April 2016, remains unchanged.
Hanse-Himarwa said the parties agreed to amend the agreement settled on in April 2016 with regards to the salary adjustment for the 2017/18 financial year.
The seven per cent across the board salary adjustment agreed on will be increased by two per cent to make it nine per cent; while seven per cent increase in the transport allowance and vehicle allowance for management members remains as is.
The signing also signifies the fact that all the parties have committed themselves to finding a win-win solution that will be beneficial for both the employer and employees as well as the Namibian child, she said.
Teachers started striking on Thursday and the ministry suspended all teaching activities at public schools countrywide on Thursday and Friday.
National examinations for Grade 10 and 12 learners on the two days were also postponed.
Hanse-Himarwa announced that teaching will resume on Monday, while the examinations have been rescheduled. Mathematics higher level, paper one and two will now be written on 31 October. Mathematics ordinary level, paper one, two, three and four will be written on the same date; while the examination for entrepreneurship is set for 01 November .
Integrated performing arts paper one will be written on 31 October; needlework and clothing will be written on the same day; and life science will be written on 01 November 2016.
Hanse-Himarwa said the ministry will also issue detailed information to regional directors on the times the subjects will be written. She called on all teachers to report for duty on Monday.