WINDHOEK: The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) has condemned the current illegal strike by teachers in a number of regions.
Speaking to Nampa here on Wednesday, Nanso’s Secretary for Information and Publicity Owen Matengu said teachers must go back to their duty stations because the strike is illegal.
He explained that although the student body sympathises with the teachers, the strike is affecting Grade 10 and 12 learners because some teachers who are involved in the marking of examination papers for the national examinations have also joined the strike.
Matengu expressed concern that some teachers have also not completed the syllabuses for Grade 8, 9 and 11 learners and this is worrying as examinations for these grades commence in two weeks’ time.
“This strike is not affecting the Ministry of Education or the negotiating team but us, the students,” the angry Nanso leader stated.
He appealed to the teachers that are currently on strike to go back to their respective schools.
The strike, which entered its third day on Wednesday, has led to most schools here closing their doors.
Meanwhile, teachers in other parts of the country have now also started striking in frustration at the slow pace of wage negotiations between the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) and Government, which have been dragging on since October last year.
The teachers are demanding a 20 per cent salary increment, and that their housing allowances be brought up to a market-related rate of at least N.dollars 2 000. They also want a 100 per cent increment in transport allowances, and a tax-free 13th cheque.