Teachers back at school on Monday

16 Oct 2016 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 16 OCT (NAMPA) – All teachers are expected to report to their respective duty stations on Monday.
This announcement was made by president of the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) Simeon Kavila at a media conference on Saturday. This was shortly after Nantu, the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (Napwu) and government signed an agreement for a nine per cent salary increase for teachers for the next financial year.
The increment will only take effect as from 01 April 2017.
Teachers started striking on Thursday, demanding an eight per cent increase. The five per cent increase for this year, effective 01 April 2016, remains unchanged.
The ministry suspended all teaching activities at public schools countrywide on Thursday and Friday while teachers were on strike.
“We are urging our members to report for work… No money will be deducted for the two days teachers were absent from work because of the national strike. Simple means - the policy of now work, no pay, will not apply in this regard,” Kavila said.
He also announced that the union will set up a committee which will make contributions to the national budget on teachers’ salaries. This will help the union to monitor the spending of the education ministry.