Botswana to Reopen Schools After Violence; State-Worker Strike Continues

Botswana will reopen state senior schools on May 30 after closing them for two weeks because of violence during a pay strike by government workers, Education Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi said.

The government will hire temporary teachers for schools affected by the strike, Venson-Moitoi said in a faxed statement today from Gaborone, the capital.

State employees, including teachers and nurses, have been on strike for six weeks. Labor unions want a 12 percent pay increase while the government offered 3 percent.

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