[DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO] … the average monthly salary for a primary school teacher was $35-40 and since the teachers’ salaries are often several months in arrears, parents were forced to chip in.
“Generally, teachers, like other Congolese workers, survive on very little, some even less than $1 a day, yet the cost of education is borne by parents, sometimes even up to 65 percent of the total cost,” Tshimbalanga said. “In rural areas, some teachers supplement their earnings by working as casual labourers on farms; those in urban areas end up begging for money from their pupils’ parents just to survive.”
To improve the quality of education, Tshimbalanga said, the government had to pay teachers properly. He said the teachers’ union entered into an agreement in 2004 with the government for teachers to be paid a minimum of $208 monthly but six years later, this has not been implemented.
(via IRIN Africa | DRC: Millions miss out on basic education | DRC | Children | Education)