The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) strike which took place on the morning of 18 February 2019, at Lefa Ifa High School in Kwa-Thema has disrupted mid-year exams and adult school classes.
Adult students were left devastated after finding that exams were no longer taking place while they had already arrived at the school. Most adult students had no knowledge about the possibility of their educators engaging in the strike this week.
The strike has left many students concerned because they are expected to write their final exams in May/June this year. This has interfered with the plans of these students since most had only registered in January and are far behind with the syllabus. Classes and exams have been postponed until further notice.
Thulani, who is a receptionist at the school confirmed that the strike will not affect day classes but only the students from the adult night school.
Yesterday, the NEHAWU strike was on its fourth day in its plea for salary increase. Besides pleading for salary increase, the union is also calling to cease corruption in work places in the education sector. Complaints about employment agreement have been brought forward, particularly long term employees who have not yet been permanently employed. Workers also ask for the Director General of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Gwebinkundla Qonde to resign. Forty-five out of 50 colleges have been shut down affecting 230 workplaces around the country.