Newly-elected Nantu leadership vow to campaign for increase in bush allowance for teachers

GROOTFONTEIN: The newly-elected Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) leadership in the Otjozondjupa Region on Saturday vowed to campaign for an increase in the bush allowance for teachers.

The one-day Nantu elective conference saw eight office-bearers elected at Grootfontein under the theme Hard work, dedication and professionalism for quality education in the country.

The new executive will serve for five years.

The conference determined that in order to attract qualified teachers to teach at rural schools, the rural teachers’ incentive rates (bush allowances) should be increased.

They also want the shortages of teachers’ houses in rural areas addressed at national level.

The newly-elected Nantu chairperson in the Otjozondjupa Region, Innocent Madonsa said Otjozondjupa teachers also demanded that travel and subsistence allowances (S&T) be paid during their official trips on the basis that they are also public servants.

Madonsa then assured the teachers here that the resolutions formulated on Saturday would be submitted to Nantu’s national congress during August this year.