Namibian diamonds Teachers in the Khomas region of Namibia are demanding that their union leadership end the delay in securing a living wage Negotiations in Namibia have been dragging on for two years and meanwhile the teachers are not earning enough money even to access decent living accommodation in the Namibian capital Windhoek, which is in Khomas. Hundreds of teachers attended a meeting which was led by the regional leader of the Namibia National Teachers Union (NANTU). They called for the national leadership of NANTU to bring the negotiations to a swift conclusion or call an all out national strike. According to the AllAfrica website, teachers at the meeting said: National leaders are untouchable. We are sitting here and we might be blaming government. Maybe it is the Nantu leaders who are delaying the process deliberately for their own agendas. They should be called to order. The Khomas teachers are complaining about a lack of transparency by their leaders. On the same website the local NANTU chairperson is reported as saying: We want to see tangible figures on our pay slips. We want better pensions. The GIPF [Government Institutions Pension Fund] scandal is still dragging on and we are getting peanuts on our pension. How many can afford a house in Windhoek? We do not know what Nantu is negotiating for so long. Nantu national leaders are keeping issues secret while they are negotiating on our behalf. The teachers plan to hand a petition to the national leadership and have threatened to take to the streets this Saturday if their demands are not met. Like many other countries in the Glolbal South, Namibia has rich resources - in its case uranium and diamond mining. Despite this parents had to pay tuition fees in full before their child could start school, although this has recently changed with the introduction of free and compulsory primary education in the country. Unfortunately however this often results in even larger class sizes and yet more impossible conditions for learners and teachers. And as we see, the people employed to give that education, the teachers, are expected to survive on salaries which  still remain pitifully low.