Striking teachers in Chad have not received their November 2023 salaries, as the government threatens to withhold them.
The Chad Teachers’ Union (SET) crisis committee cites a law allowing the government to suspend salaries for strike days unless the strike stems from delayed payments.
The SET sees the government’s stance as a sign of weakness and calls for continued resistance.
Since November 2, a SET-led strike has halted Chad’s education system. Although temporarily lifted, the strike led to the SET executive board’s removal.
A crisis committee reinstated the strike. Despite the Ministry of Education and Parents’ Associations calls to resume, the committee remains steadfast.
The strike prompted the Ministry of Education to adjust the school calendar, reducing the first and second-term breaks from ten to eight days. The rationale was to compensate for lost instructional time.