Construction site of Togolese school | Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District
This Tuesday, April 18, classes have resumed throughout Togo. Students are back in classrooms. But some teachers have not yet resumed their work. According to them, the government has still not responded favourably to some of their demands.
In particular, this is with regards to the question of withholding, which is a point of contention between the Ministry of Labour and the Coordination of the Teachers Unions of Togo (CSET).
According to CSET officials, they saw an extension of the school year and the authorities in charge of national education in Togo should make appropriate decisions to meet their demands by quickly restoring the tax to teachers to avoid potential changes in the education sector.
“The proposed trials and evaluations of the second half will find trouble if we don’t get along on the question of the withholding,” the CSET official said this morning. He stated that the government must assume its responsibilities.
“We invite our fellow teachers to return to their courses and we will continue discussions with the relevant authorities. We want the best conditions of life and work,” he said.
For the time being, some teachers resumed classes while others are still on strike.
Teachers have been on strike for more than a month. Several negotiations with the education authorities have not been conclusive. It took the intervention of the Prime Minister, who directly negotiated with the unions of teachers before the beginning of the school year.