Government is expected to announce tomorrow (14 July 2011) that the pay of all public servants will be cut by 10 per cent, because the kingdom is broke.
Charles Bennett, Chairperson of the Swaziland Principals Association (SWAPA), said if their salaries were touched then their next action would be to close down the schools.
School teachers have already announced that they will strike immediately if their salaries are cut.
Also, the Swaziland national Association of Teachers has called a three-day strike starting 27 July 2011.
Bennett said SWAPA would not take part in that strike, because ‘as schools administrators, we should always be at school’, the Times of Swaziland, the kingdom’s only independent daily newspaper, reported him saying.
The principals have also said they might have to close schools because the Swazi Government has not paid fees for the free primary education scheme or for orphan and vulnerable children.
‘Due to the lack of fees, schools have failed to pay their suppliers, feeding schemes, support staff’s salaries and utilities,’ Bennett said.
SWAZI TEACHERS TO STRIKE IF PAY CUT
THREE-DAY STRIKE STARTS 27 JULY