Teachers and support staffs at Addis Ababa’s Andinet International School are protesting an abrupt decision from the school’s administration to terminate four teachers and a librarian.
The five employees terminated were acting as the faculty’s representative in salary negotiations with the school administration.
Protesters say the school promised a 60 percent to 100 percent pay raise to teachers earlier this year, following a 75 percent increment in student tuition fees.
The rise, according to the administration, was due to an exodus of teaching staff and the resulting strain on payroll.
However, teacher salaries have only grown 10 percent since, according to the teachers’ representatives — a fraction of the promised raise. However, Saba Ataro, CEO of Andinet Education and Trading Plc, claims the school raised teachers’ and staff salary by up to 46 percent, based on their performance.
This dissonance has fueled widespread dissatisfaction among the teaching staff, coupled with parents concerns over frequent change of the school’s teaching curriculum and inadequate supply of books for their students.
The school’s parent-teacher committee disclosed that teachers had consistently sought resolutions through written appeals, including a plea to the Ministry of Education for intervention.
Matters took a drastic turn when four teachers and a librarian, elected as representatives by their peers, were summarily dismissed during a meeting where faculty and staff sought solutions, including the formation of a workers’ union.
Faculty and students organized a peaceful protest on the school premises this morning (December 11, 2023).