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President Tshisekedi Increases Teachers’ Salaries By U$20

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19 March 2020. Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo. Kananga Educational Institute. A teacher gives class.

Every Congolese teacher is scheduled to receive an extra U$20 (40,000 CFA) above the usual take home monthly salary.

Jean-Pierre Lihau the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the Public Service, modernization and innovation of public services on Thursday announced the government pledge saying it aimed at helping each teacher to meet so many or little to their concerns.

The revision of teachers’ salaries was reached during the Bibwa agreement signed in 2019. This was also a campaign pledge by President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo who sought to gradually meet the challenges of rehabilitating the teacher to improve the Congolese education system.

According to Jean-Pierre Lihau this sum of money, which will shortly be made available to teachers, is divided into two installments, in particular 20,000 CFA on salary and 20,000 CFA as bonus.

To find a total solution to all the teachers’ demands, Lihau announced the urgent establishment of an interministerial commission-trade union ban for primary, secondary and technical education ( EPST) under the leadership of Prime Minister Sama Lukonde, in order to continue the discussions of the joint government-trade union commission, which was delayed by one day.

To this end, he said that a ministerial and interministerial decree was signed on Friday setting up the interministerial government-trade union commission to complete the discussions to allow the government to meet the relevant concerns and proposals from teachers.

Schools in DRC will reopen on October 4 after a long closure due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions aimed at stopping further spread of the virus.