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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56 thoughts on “Busted! Teachers in Malawi surviving on ‘Katapila’”

  1. kadokera says:

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

  2. tchileka says:

    Tell me ,do teachers get below govt scale?

  3. Cadaver says:

    Busted??????

  4. bombasa says:

    kaya kumangodyera anthu masuku pamutu!

  5. chingolopiyo says:

    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.

  6. YOLANDA says:

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

  7. Awali mustafa says:

    Ndiye DPP imeneyo

  8. Kaligondo says:

    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?.

  9. moses jere says:

    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

  10. kwachambo says:

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

  11. Safari G. says:

    Need for salary incriment, failing which, poor education in Mw.

  12. Malindima says:

    Kuyambira kale!

  13. Nothing new here,even during the reign of dictator( Kamuzu) teachers were going through the same agony, they chose teaching profession because they’re passionate about teaching ”its their calling” hence, you don’t anticipate to get paid huge amount of moola for something you’re passionate about
    We all know our country is going through financial hardship because of Cashgate, let’s learn to manage the little we have

  14. Mkango says:

    Asawaonjezele ndalama amathandizila kubela zisankho azidya zomwe amalandila kwa andalewo.

    1. musa says:

      Simukunama munthu wamkulu, kubela chisankho kuja ndizimene amafuna. M’mene ikumapwetekela ntchito yauphunzitsi kumalipilidwa R1500 zoona. Akuunduna pliz aganizileni aphunzitsi athuwa

  15. Kanyimbi says:

    Palibe amene ndalama imamukwana. Chofunika ndikuganiza choyenera kuchita ndi ndalama yomwe ukulandira. Enafe tikulandira K64,000.00 yomweyo ku private sector koma timagona nyumba ya zonse momwemo chifukwa cha ma pulani abwino.

  16. gogoda says:

    Teachers are problems themselves they fail to unite and agreee on one point eg when they arrange a strike some participate others not Their representative TUM is very corrupt they get bribes from gvt for not approving strike from u teachers

  17. YOLANDA says:

    OSADANDA INU NONSE MAPHUNZITSI.KODI CHOKO AKADABWERETSABE ABOMA?MUZIGULITSA,ASAKUPUTSITSENI ANTHU ACASHGATEWA SANGAKULIPIRENI.SITAILO NDI WEKHA PA TAUNI.AKAKUGWIRANI,AUZENI KUTI AYAMBE AJAWA.

  18. Chamasowa says:

    Issues about teachers plight are disheartening. If there are people in the civil servants, first on the list are teachers. People living in toilets-teachers. Is teaching a curse carrier? Yet you use teachers to steal votes during elections. Teachers wake up and fight for your wellbeing. the future of any nation is its learned citizens and as you contribute to that let your sweat be rewarded accordingly. Personally I don’t admire teaching carried because of all that is happening in the ministry of education! This is just the tip of the ice-berg.

  19. mbaleya says:

    Money yavuta pa malawi, inunso akatapila dont put much interest percentage on poor teachers plz

  20. Loyd Mtila says:

    Not only Teachers, make further research, most civill servants

  21. Rodger says:

    Comment kondowe speaks da fact

  22. Enerst mateyu says:

    And yet the govt expects education standards to rise!! Shame

  23. NYAKWAWA says:

    Correction;
    the least paid primary school teacher is K64,692 house allowance inclusive.
    Only a few ODL teachers get a monthly package of K52,846 whose hardship allowances are yet to be effected as new recruits.

    However, the above corrections do not reflect the soaring cost of living and as such, there is need for the govt to walk the talk as regards its promise to heftly and soundly adjust lower grades Civil Servants’ salaries this July as opposed to the highest paid who pocketed the Lion’s share last October.

    Another way to overcome the Loan Sharking trend is to REINTRODUCE the defunct General Purpose Advance whereby civil servants, teachers inclusive, accessed soft loans from Govt Coffers which eventually enabled them to build decent houses among others.
    Apo ayi, aaa kayaaa!

  24. Bob says:

    Too bad for Malawi. We going to have half barked kids in our schools and the future looks bleak.

  25. frank says:

    Bomali liyenera kwaganizira aphuzitsi komaso apolice ndi ma nurse kapena kungoti ma civil servant onse, malipilo ndiwochepa ndithu.

  26. Comment.eeeeh zinthu zikuyenera kusintha ndithu

  27. mr chimbwititi says:

    kumayamika inu. bola pano.ife tikulandira k 23,745.89. zausiru basi mumakonda kalionela wina akamadya nyama.kumamwa kuzubeki nuyo? .muzimwa wamasese

  28. Wokhuzidwa says:

    So teachers are receiving 40-50 thousand kwacha,that is why they never stop complaining about their welfair,how do you expect someone to work under such conditions with this highly cost of living? Yet you want the same person to develop the Nation.If we continue treating teachers like this,we have to know that we are KILLING OUR OWN LOVED NATION.

  29. Ndalema nanu says:

    Teachers are paid better off than police officers, but those police officers are being shielded by there 99%.

  30. Masoambeta says:

    Malawians are a stupid nation. You vote for politicians who are not interested to uplift your lives. Why are the teachers crying now??

  31. Piche Yakiti says:

    While others are basking in cashgate pool

  32. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Kodi K46piniyi mutadula taxi?

  33. Kika Kanawe says:

    Teachers have been toyed around for long time,the government should come up with a policy regarding salaries and wages in the country.No country can develop with its people poorly paid the end result is kukhalira kuba,kujomba ndi uhule zomwenso zimapititsa chuma cha dziko mmbuyo.Peter Mutharika nthawi ya kampeni amanama kuti adzatsitsa mitengo ya Katundu zomwe sizikuchitika.Boma liyenera kumaganizira anthu ake

  34. F Zimba says:

    Mamemba its not only Teachers, In fact its all Civil Servants surving on Katapila. If you want to prove this Check on spots where they board buses. Most of them amangoima Pa Zikomo. One wonders if the reforms will indeed work. These people ony work from 9 to 2 oclock then they start loo,king for means to travel home . Moyo wavuta pa Nyasaland

  35. ENOCK ALIMOYO says:

    TEACHERS ARE SLAVES SERVANTS OF MALAWI.THAT IS WHY THEY ARE NOT PAID THEIR LG UP TODATE.

  36. Wamisala osagenda says:

    civil slave ooooh! Civil servant aliyense akukumana ndi mabvuto si aphunzitsi okha. Ndati chani?

  37. Gundumulani says:

    Teachers need motivation as even Peter was taught by the Teacher Whois is let down today.

  38. Gundumulani says:

    CommentTeachers need motivation as even Peter was taught by the Teacher Whois is let down today.

  39. chilombo says:

    Even I knew this from way back when I was in primary. Aziphunzitsi ena ankatigulitsa ma sweet,biscuits and chewing gum kuti apeze kanganyanse. Kunali achina Mrs Mayawo,Mrs Gausi,Mrs Mkandawire,Mr Khamula omenya,a head a Ndaferankhande. I thank them all for who I am now,its a pitty the way Govt pays them for their good work

  40. JACOBS says:

    ANKAT AZATHESA MACHANGE MAYI AJA ANKAKWEZA NDA KOMA SIAGALUWA KUMANGOBA KUMANAMIZIRA CASHGATE CHILICHONSE

  41. fkr says:

    And there is our problem. the average family size on Malawi is 6. compare that to Japan, Europe etc and you have average family sizes of 2.5.Our population is too big we have to bring our population under control. no sitting government will have the guts to suggest this but we are heading for a disaster

  42. MIKE DW says:

    ANTHUWA NDI ZITSIRU IWOWO AMALANDIRA MA MILLION PER .MONTH KOMA ANZAWO K46,000 YOTI NGAKHALE NDIWO ZOKHA OSAKWANA. KUZIKONDA

  43. MAJO says:

    A PHUNZITSI NANUNSO DON’T JUST DEPEND ON THIS PEANUT SALARY, FIND SOMETHING ELSETO DO IN ADDITION TO YOUR JOB. TEACHERS BE CREATIVE

  44. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    VP Soulos Chilima played a Judo on all these stupid teachers of Malawi , he cheated them that he will pay them real money in form of good high salaries to take to their homes at the months ends , not the changes which all previous governments were paying them , this included all our stupid civil servants in the whole country , not forgetting our corrupt Malawi Police and our respected Malawi soldiers as well.
    VP Soulos Chilima the clever cat , he targeted the poorly paid civil servant to rig votes in Malawi because of poor salaries which the government pays them , this is the same propaganda President Eleson Bakili used to tell Malawians that he was going to buy them shoes once he was going voted into power. All the Southern Region voters voted for a “Wakuba Yemweyo “in to power because he promised them shoes.

    VP Clever Cat Souls Chilima can’t not pay all the government workers good salaries to take home because he just cheated them in order just to win votes and Eleson Bakili Muluzi just told them all off because he claimed he did not say it and he went as far as telling them that he did not know their sizes for the shoes even at all he had said it.

    ALL GOVERNMENT WORKERS SHOULD GO ON STRICK UNTIL SOULOS CHILIMA PAYS THEM GOOD HIGH SALARIES WHICH HE HAD PROMISED . Don’t be cheated with the CIVIL SERVICE REFORM which is a song of DPP ,he will be singing until 2019 .

  45. aganizireni says:

    ine ndithu ndikuchita bwino
    koma aphunzitsi amene anandiphunzitsa ine are still struggling to survive
    when I meet them ndimamva chisoni because am a lawyer because of them

    katapila abale ndi chilango cha ngongole
    please government of malawi consider our teachers

  46. Doli says:

    That is why here at the Northern Division Education office our office clerks and accounts make huge salary at every month end as they connvied with these teachers to have fake allowances or arrears. None of us get katapila. Kupussa basi!

  47. Bwitoto says:

    A Kondowe inu simudziwa kuti katapira anayamba yesu asanabwere?

  48. yoha says:

    can’t they speak for themselves? Anzawo amayankhula muma strike
    .

  49. Chris Banda says:

    Bola apolisi amadya zabelo ndi kujoina mbava ki.ki…,ayi rabi muganizileni,akati mowa wake ndi kachasu ki-ki.ki…

  50. Manyi afiti says:

    Bull shit! not only teachers but also civil servant related to Grade M,N,O& P

  51. Mlomwe12 says:

    In Malawi a teacher is that of the primary school. Everything is genrealised based on what the primary teacher does.

  52. Kokotowa says:

    The headline does not tally with the story, how can you say busted as if the teachers have been caught in a scam. You could have used ” Revealed, teachers surviving on Katopola” or “Very sad, teachers at the mercy of loan sharks”

  53. mbani says:

    And unnecessary part time money for our kids so sad

  54. difficult says:

    hii

  55. His Worship Justice One Thousand Years says:

    Sadly, this is not only true teachers alone, but nearly most civil servants.

    In fact nearly half of civil servants are suffering from pecuniary embarrassment, a misconduct that warrants dismissal if we are to apply the MPSR to the letter.

    It’s a sad story. Something needs to be done sooner than later.

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