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Most Basotho say government bungled teacher strike, is failing on education and youth

3 Dec 2020 Lesotho

Most Basotho say the government is doing a poor job on education and youth, including mishandling its protracted dispute with public school teachers, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

Citizens overwhelmingly support the teachers, who were on intermittent strike for much of 2019 and continue to demand better salaries and working conditions.

The survey also shows that a majority of Basotho expect more effective government action to address the needs of youth and would willingly pay more taxes if that would mean funding for initiatives to help young people, especially through job creation.

These findings suggest that Basotho want a less intransigent government response that will end the long-running dispute with teachers and address critical education and youth development needs of the population.