RUNDU: A planned meeting by Rundu teachers in the Kavango Region to discuss a possible strike failed, as only a handful of them turned up for the meeting on Tuesday.
The teachers were supposed to assemble at the Dr Romanus Kampungu Secondary School to decide whether they will ‘remain cowards or stand up to join the nation at large’, according to a mobile phone text message distributed among teachers in the region earlier in the day.
The message further read “An injury to one is an injury to all”.
Less than 20 teachers turned up for the meeting. It remains unclear whether another meeting will be organised.
“We are willing to strike, as some teachers in the region are united like our colleagues in the Khomas Region,” said one teacher from the Elias Neromba Secondary School.
Hundreds of secondary and primary school teachers in the Khomas Region have abandoned their teaching responsibilities since Monday this week.
The teachers have vowed not to return to classes until they get satisfactory answers over the progress of their salary negotiations.
Teachers are demanding their overdue salary increases and other benefits, and accused their Namibia National Teachers’ Union (NANTU) leaders, who are engaged in protracted wage negotiations with the government, of a lack of communication.
Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda on Tuesday ordered the striking teachers to return to work.
He said during a media briefing that teachers might not be paid for the days they were not at work, as labour legislation makes provision for the ‘no work, no pay’ principle.