13 November 2012

Namibia: Teachers' Strike Fizzles Out

Photo: Justin Moresco
Students learn on their own at Saint Thomas Aquinas Secondary School while thousands of teachers are on strike in Ghana.

Windhoek — The countrywide teachers' strike that crippled the education sector and saw many learners missing out on school for two weeks has been suspended with immediate effect.

New Era is reliably informed that the strike, declared illegal by the courts, will not continue anymore to allow for effective negotiations.

According to a reliable source, negotiations for the 40 percent increment would continue - however this would be done through the Namibia National Teachers' Union (Nantu).

"The strike was already declared illegal and there is no way that our leaders will come back to us," said a reliable source that spoke on condition of anonymity. However, the message was not well received by some teachers who maintain Nantu leader Dankie Katjiuanjo compromised the interests of the teachers by calling off the strike.

"How can it (the strike) continue if teachers are so divided," queried Simataa Silume, a representative of the teachers. Silume added that the masses of teachers did not agree with the suspension of the protest. Katjiuanjo could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone was off at the time of going to print.

Meanwhile, teachers in the Karas Region returned to work yesterday and according to a Nampa report, classes are now in full swing, after disruptions that lasted from October 31 to November 08.

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