OTJIWARONGO: The teachers’ strike currently underway in the Khomas Region has now spread to the Otjozondjupa Region, where over 200 secondary and primary school teachers went on strike Monday to demand salary increases and other benefits.
Otjiwarongo-based teachers gathered at the regional office of the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu), chanting and singing revolutionary songs.
The teachers indicated that they will be on strike until they get increases in their salaries and transport allowances, as well as better housing subsidies.
“We are angry at Government that is taking us for a ride.
The salary increment issue was supposed to be resolved a long time ago. What is holding it?” questioned Gerson Narib, a teacher at the Tsaraxa-Aibes Combined School.
Another teacher, Gerson Gaoab of the Rogate Primary School, said Namibian teachers are hungry and live in “dire poverty”.
“It is the poor living conditions we live in that forced us teachers to take this action to strike so that our voices can be heard. We deserve a better living standard in this country as well,” charged Gaoab.
Cheered on by his fellow teachers in the background, Tsaraxa-Aibes Grade 10 teacher Clemens Karuaihe said they will not leave the Nantu office anytime soon until their demands are met.
He complained that teachers are paid very low salaries, compared to the services they render to society.
Otjozondjupa Nantu chairperson Peacock Mbakera was not present when the teachers commenced with their strike here.
He was also not reachable on his mobile phone at the time that this reporter left his office at around 09h00 this morning.