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Mali / Higher education: Teachers start indefinite strike

AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga

The National Union of Higher Education (SNESYP) on Tuesday began an indefinite strike in all universities and public institutes in Mali. This decision follows two movements of 5-day stops last August.

The striking teachers made four demands, namely: immediate and full payment of overtime in the second semester of the 2018-2019 academic year, payment of the costs of tasks related to exams in the second semester 2018-2019, immediate payment and full overtime for the first semester of the 2019-2020 academic year and payment for the second semester 2019-2020.

“We are on an indefinite strike because our overtime for the second semester 2018-20219 and those for two semesters 2019-2020, plus the costs of tasks related to the exams, namely the supervision of the exams, the correction of the papers of the secretariat, n ‘ have not been paid, ”said Ibrahim Touré, secretary general of the National Trade Union Committee for Higher Education of the Faculty of Letters, Languages ​​and Language Sciences.

“These activities date back to 2018-2019. It is for these reasons that we decided to go on indefinite strike, but before this stage we first made pearl strikes of 3 to 5 days ”, affirmed Touré.

He added: “The government called us for negotiations twice in June and last September, but during these negotiations, there were no concrete proposals from the government. So these are negotiations that were not successful because they did not address our concerns. They are not committed either to satisfy our grievances ”.

The trade unionist calls on the government to honor its commitments: “We ask that this work be immediately and fully paid”, before regretting that the government has “turned a deaf ear so far”.

At the University of Letters and Human Sciences, the correspondent of the Anadolu Agency did not see any presence of students or teachers on Tuesday at 2 p.m., while the University has around 10,000 students according to Aboubacar Maiga , principal secretary of the institution.

The teachers also called on the students to demonstrate, in order to demand from the authorities the satisfaction of their grievances. A call to which students intend to respond favorably, said Salif Poma, member of the Committee of the Association of Pupils and Students of Mali of the Faculty of Letters, Languages ​​and Language Sciences.

“We are going to participate in the demonstration because it concerns us. If there are no teachers, there will be no students. We ourselves have deemed it necessary to organize a peaceful march on November 5 to demand the immediate payment of the teachers’ task costs linked to the correction of the 2018-2019 exams ”underlined the same source.

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