Schoolchildren storm DRC parliament over putting lecturers’ pay

Hundreds of scholars demand the federal government increase lecturers’ pay to finish a strike that has put a halt on classes.

Hundreds of schoolchildren have stormed the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) parliament constructing, demanding the federal government increase lecturers’ pay to finish a strike that has stopped classes for greater than two weeks.

The lecturers went on strike firstly of October to protest in opposition to a number of points, together with salaries and the retirement age.

“We want to study,” the scholars in class uniform chanted as they stormed the parliament within the capital, Kinshasa, based on video footage shared on social media.

Jean-Marc Kabund, the primary vp of the National Assembly, spoke to the scholars, assuring them {that a} answer can be discovered quickly to finish the lecturers’ strike.

Tony Mwaba, minister of major, secondary and technical schooling, in the meantime, mentioned dialogue with the lecturers’ unions had resumed.

In the run-up to the opening of the brand new college time period on October 4, lecturers’ unions in a number of provinces introduced their intention to go on strike to precise their displeasure over meagre pay.

A risk by Mwaba to take away putting lecturers from the payroll has not damaged their spirit.

The standoff comes following the introduction of free public major schooling, a flagship challenge of President Felix Tshisekedi launched in September 2019.