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Togo dismisses more teachers in new dispute with teachers union

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Lome, Togo – The Togolese government has dismissed nine teachers, within a week of firing 137 others, even as the teachers union continues to demand that the Faure Gnassigbe administration honour its promises to them.

The decision to dismiss more teachers was announced on Tuesday by Gilbert Bawara, the minister of civil service and labour. The move came nearly one week after the March 30 dismissal of 137 teachers for the same reason following a strike launched by the Togo Teachers’ Union (SET) from April 4 to 7.

All the teachers were banned from teaching and will be redeployed by the ministry of civil service and labour as Bawara said they were “agents who have shown themselves repeatedly in actions contrary to the requirements of teachers”.

The union is not recognised by the administration and decentralisation ministry, unlike the Coordination of Education Unions of Togo (CSET) and the Togo Workers’ Synergy (STT).

In a March 30 tweet, Bawara said SET has “continued to show an attitude of defiance towards the authority of the State”.

Ce mercredi 30 mars 2022, en application des textes en vigueur, j’ai signé un arrêté portant mesures administratives et excluant du cadre des fonctionnaires de l’enseignement cent trente-sept(137) enseignants désormais mis à la disposition de l’administration générale.

— Gilbert BAWARA (@GilbertBAWARA) March 30, 2022

Longstanding issues in the sector

The problems plaguing Togo’s education sector are not new, and teachers say the current working conditions in the country are not suitable, leading to a number of strikes.

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