According to Africa Education Watch, the teacher unions’ demand for a 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) is unrealistic.
According to the Education Think Tank, the teachers must compromise with the government even though the demand is reasonable given the nation’s current economic circumstances.
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The 20% is, in my opinion, legitimate, but it’s important to consider the government’s current predicament, which has led it to request a bailout from the IMF.
Teachers will need to exercise caution while asking the government for things that we also want. “I mean that the 20% Cost of Living Allowance that they are demanding for the government may not be able to meet that. Therefore, they have to meet the government half way,” the Policy Analyst with the Africa Education Watch, Divine Kpe said.
He continued “We do not want the situation whereby this strike will make students be at home as seen during covid era. We don’t want to see students sitting home any longer given the fact that during COVID-19 school closure has taken away a lot of student learning time.”