the teachers’ strike is taking a political turn

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The strike movement is observed in several provinces: Kinshasa, Kasai Oriental, South Kivu, North Kivu, Lualaba, Haut-Katanga. Senator Francine Muyumba of the FCC begins an oral question with debate to the Minister of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education. Tony Mwaba will have to explain the extreme sanction imposed on the teachers who declared the strike, which has been going on since the school year on 4 October. They decided to go on strike to demand improvements in their pay. At the head of this movement, teachers in Catholic schools approved.

as reported from Kinshasa, Kamanda wa Kamanda Muzembe

Before this harness, the Minister of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education interrupted discussions with the teachers’ unions before changing his mind a few days later. Tony Mwaba Kazadi has meanwhile suspended the strike pay and replaced them with non-strikers.

According to the Secretary General of the Catholic Teachers’ Union, this is a serious violation of the Constitution. Jean-Bosco Puna reserves the right to lodge a complaint against Minister Tony Mwaba. For him, the strike must continue until the demands are fully met.

The deal is now taking a political turn. Senator Francine Muyumba, from the United Congo Front, opened an oral debate. Francine Muyumba wants, she says, to make sure that Minister Mwaba’s approach is legal.

Other voices have been raised across the country. In particular, the former governor of Katanga, Moïse Katumbi, calls on the government to avoid a chaotic school year.

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