Children in Parliament – level 3
Hundreds of school children went to Democratic Republic of Congo’s parliament to demand the government raise teachers’ pay and end the strike that has stopped lessons for more than two weeks.
The students got angry when teachers refused to teach them until next year, so they marched into the parliament to complain in front of the authorities. Teachers began the strike on October 4, which is the start of the school year. Congo teachers’ unions said that issues included salaries, bonus pay, and retirement age.
The vice president of Congo’s parliament talked to the children; he said that it was a shame that children came there instead of being in school to study. He added that the children were victims of a misunderstanding between parents, the Congolese government, and their teachers.
Difficult words: unions (an organization of workers formed to protect the rights and interests of its members), bonus pay (an extra amount of money given to an employee in addition to his salary as a reward for his good work), vice president (an official or executive who is below a president and who also serves as his deputy or person who does work for him).
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