By Eliaser Ndeyanale
EDUCATION, Arts and Culture minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa last week Wednesday accused DTA Member of Parliament Vipuakuje Muharukua of using the issue of teachers’ salary increment to settle a political agenda.
Commenting on a ministerial statement on the wage negotiations with Namibia National Teachers’ Union (NANTU) on the improvement of salaries and benefits for teachers by deputy minister in the office of the Prime Minister Christine //Hoebes, Muharukua said the Government needs to increase teachers’ salaries adding that even the eight percent that they are demanding is not sufficient.
Muharukua said teachers needed to be well looked after. “I don’t think the eight percent is really sufficient. Teachers sleep in shacks; just imagine a respected profession reduced to that. Why would you blame teachers for demanding a salary increment? Teachers are seeing money being squandered, money going out of the country.”
Hanse-Himarwa took the floor and responded to Muharukua, further explaining that President Hage Geingob did not make a mistake when he appointed her as a Minister of Education because she is a trained teacher and former union member. According to her, teachers’ salaries have been “addressed” and should not be turned into a political agenda.
“There is no way that an elected Government will be irresponsible towards the plight of the very people who elected this Government. If anyone feels they are more responsible and more sympathetic about the plight of not only the teachers of this country but other Namibians then they need to visit the doctor,” the minister said. Muharukua rose up and asked if the minister was ready to take a question from him, however, the minister said she did not want to take a question from the opposition MP as nobody could tell her that her ministry is not doing anything to address the plight of the teachers. “Someone who has never been proven cannot come and make noise in this house. Let DTA behave and tell us what they have done for education in this country.
Nobody can come here and tell us that we are not doing anything.
I was the first to say teachers need the best,” said Hanse-Himarwa. Next was All People’s Party (APP) parliamentarian Mandela Nauyoma who said Government was intimidating teachers by introducing a ‘No work, no pay policy’.
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