By Eliaser Ndeyanale
DTA president McHenry Venaani condemned what he calls the “arrogance” of the government for not addressing the issue of teachers’ salaries.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday this week in Windhoek, Venaani said the money earmarked for projects such as the new Parliament, should rather be given to the teachers.
“There is arrogance in leadership in this country. You write a letter to the President he doesn’t even respond to it. We also have governors telling teachers not to strike or the teachers are being told that they are not going to be paid if they go on strike. It’s arrogance. Why can’t Government cut capital projects such as the new Parliament building, Office of the Prime Minister and spent less on military equipment and save our expenditure?” he asked.
Speaking at the same event DTA Member of Parliament Elma Dienda said she supports the teachers’ struggle and would join the teachers if they went on strike.
”I will be at the front if the strike takes place, I support the struggle of the teachers,” she said.
Leader of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Jeremiah Nambinga said that Government and the Namibian Teachers’ Union (NANTU) should solve the issue before it is too late.
”The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) is appealing to President Geingob to immediately and without delay solve the long drawn out issue of the teachers’ salary increase,” he said.
He further said that it is the excuses advanced by Government such as it does not have funds, that are disrespectful and lack integrity.
”The time to tell adults like telling small children is over and Swapo party politicians must begin to respect citizens under their leadership. Who will be convinced by such a cheap argument, when at the same time, the Government is forcefully driving the construction of the new Parliament that will cost billions of Namibian dollars: Hosea Kutako International upgrade; the new office of the Prime Minister, and after all they have increased their own salaries which were better off than those of the teachers,” said Nambinga. He said RDP is supporting the issue of the salary increase as demanded by NANTU to be addressed in the best interests of the teachers.
”This phenomenon is not only confined to the teachers, but it is all over the public sector. Teachers who are demanding their rights are not the problem but the problem lies within the practice of promoting inequality and abuse of teachers’ rights.
”The RDP is therefore calling upon President Geingob to intervene, solve the teachers’ salary increase and rescue thousands and thousands of school children who are currently preparing their final examinations. Remember, inequality is the recipe for disaster. Time to act is now.”
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