Busted! Teachers in Malawi surviving on ‘Katapila’

A survey by Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) in urban Malawi has revealed that most teachers are surviving on loan sharks, vernacularly referred to as Katapila, to cope with the country’s extortionate costs of living.

Kondowe:  Teachers facing hardships

Kondowe: Teachers facing hardships

Stakeholders pose for a group photo

Stakeholders pose for a group photo

With loan sharking a money lender charged exorbitant rates of interest, typically illegal.

CSEC executive director Benedict Kondowe told a research dissemination workshop in the capital Lilongwe Monday that “salaries which teachers receive are not enough.”

Said Kondowe: “In order to make ends meet, teachers have devised coping strategies which include farming, loan sharks and small scale businesses.”

On average for instance, the survey revealed, most teachers in primary schools are paid as little as K46 824.00 per month which includes a monthly hardship allowance for about 83 per cent of the teachers.

But according to the urban basic needs basket computed by Centre for Social Concern (CFSC), a family of six needs around K120 000 per month.

“It means our teachers have a K76 000 deficit every month,” bemoaned Kondowe.

He said the research findings have been submitted to the Ministry of Education for appropriate action.

There is, presently, a general outcry on dwindling standards of education in the country, especially urban primary schools.

Commentators have blamed the phenomenon on lack of motivational incentives for the teachers who indulge in other escapades to eke out a living.

 

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kadokera
Guest

Ma ATM cards wosunga ndi wobwereketsa ndalamayo. Go to Rumphi boma mukaone. Teachers woyeeeeee!

tchileka
Guest

Tell me ,do teachers get below govt scale?

Cadaver
Guest

Busted??????

bombasa
Guest

kaya kumangodyera anthu masuku pamutu!

chingolopiyo
Guest

He heh he heh Knondowe, its not only teachers even bwanas in the offices are surviving on Katapila including the ngos of which you are part off. There is nothing new here it has been there for decades even during colonial era, so what are you trying to achieve. Stop beating drums on things that even your relatives or yourself have done before.

YOLANDA
Guest

KANYIMBI YOURE RIGHT.A MALAWI TINAZOLOWERA ANTHU ENA KUTICHITIRA CHILICHONSE,KAMOYO KOPEMPHAPEMPHA NGATI MASIKINI BWANA.BWANJI ENAFE TIKUPANGIRA MAPULANI ATALIATALI KOMWEKO KOCHEPAKO.

Awali mustafa
Guest

Ndiye DPP imeneyo

Kaligondo
Guest

Nkhani ya masalary aogwira ntchito mm’boma inayamba nthawi ya UDF itayambitsa sukulu ya ulere ndipo siingathe pokha pokha titayambanso kumalipila, koma vuto andale amaopa kuyambitsa nkhaniyi kuopa kuluza chisankho .vuto lina ndinu eniake kodi nonse mutapanga strike presdnt sangamve madandaulo anu mudzifunse?.

moses jere
Guest

What plan can you do with 46?
Even if it can be a calling job,does they not need to be improving in their standard of living?Think

kwachambo
Guest

Comment teachres are problem themeslves,they dont want to go on stricke

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