WINDHOEK: Learners from various schools in the Khomas Region were sent home today as about 1 000 teachers took to the streets and marched to the head office of the Ministry of Education (MoE) here.
The teachers were led by the Interim Khomas Teachers’ Strategic Committee after the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) secretariat for the Khomas Region was suspended by the National Teachers’ Council (NTC) last Friday.
At most of the schools Nampa visited in the capital today, there were no learners to be seen. The teachers are demanding that the salary negotiations which commenced in October last year, be concluded as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, those teachers who demonstrated in front of the MoE head office were not granted permission to hand over their petition to Minister of Education, Dr Abraham Iyambo, by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).
Iyambo hurriedly called a media conference today where he, accompanied by his deputy David Namwandi and his Permanent Secretary (PS) Alfred Ilukena, explained that the strike is illegal as the MoE does not recognise the interim committee which notified the ministry about the planned strike today.
A campaign has been launched to raise awareness about the introduction of a new series of South African banknotes honouring former South African President Nelson Mandela. The campaign is a joint initiative of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and the Bank of Namibia (BoN).
Speaking at a media briefing here today, SARB’s Head of Strategy and Communications Hlengani Mathebula said the campaign is aimed at educating and raising awareness about the new South African banknotes, which is legal tender in Namibia.
Mathebula said the new banknotes will come into circulation before the end of this year. The front of the new banknotes features an image of Mandela, while the backside maintains the images of the ‘big five’ animals which appear on current banknotes.
The campaign forms part of a wider communication campaign launched in September by SARB Governor Gill Marcus, and extended to Namibia and other Common Monetary Area (CMA) countries where the Rand circulates.