Govt summons Teachers Union of Malawi  for crisis meeting

Ministry of Education officials have summoned Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) for a crisis meeting following a threat for a nationwide strike in May as way of forcing government deal with outstanding grievances.

Ndovi: We will resolve this

Ndovi: We will resolve this

Ministry of Education spokesperson Manfred Ndovie said the government want to resolve the grievances, 24 in number amicably without TUM withdrawing labour of its teachers.

“We will meet TUM soon. We were supposed to meet them sometime back but we indeed failed to turn up, not because out of disrespect but because we needed to thoroughly consult on some of the issues, as you might be aware that there is an issue of K160 million arrears, we needed to consult treasury on the issue,” he said.

TUM president Chauluka Muwake said it was a joke for the government to tell those who successfully passed interviews and were promoted to Grade K or PT3 that they would get to their new position after someone on the same grade dies so the government would just make a replacement.

Most teachers in Lilongwe confirmed this an interview and Nyasa Times has copies of one of the teachers who successfully passed the interviews and the government wrote her a promotion letter only to hold the promotion later until someone dies so that she could be replaced.

Muwake also said most secondary school teachers were not paid in March and the government has not yet paid them until now.

TUM also accuses the government of threatening to withdraw promotions of some primary school teachers who were promoted on understanding that they would take up rural school positions.

“The ministry says it wants to withdraw the promotions because they had not gone to the schools where they were posted yet the government has not given them transport. Let the government provide transport,” he said.

He also claimed some secondary school teachers have not yet received leave grants for the last school calendar.

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Katelyn
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5 months 1 day ago

Change it to21.

Tiko
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Tiko
5 months 2 days ago

What about the issue of upgrading and only to be told getting a degree is not automatic to jump to grade I from lower grade until interviews. Is that not stealing? How come it used to be automatic in the past. Someone upgraded in 2014 but is still previously and only to be told to go for interviews now, is that fair, will she get arrears? TUM, is this not an issue to take to court using the money that you deduct from our salaries every month?

Denis Mtux
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Denis Mtux
5 months 4 days ago

thats malawi

Msambizi
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Msambizi
5 months 6 days ago
The greatest mistake teachers and other public workers made was to vote for DPP. You guys simply killed yourself by voting for DPP. You were supposed to be promoted and have your salary adjusted upwards long time back. Now inflation has already taken away the value of what you’re asking govt to give you. You may get the money you want, but it won’t really help you now. And the salaries will not be generally increased for workers to cushion against inflation. And some teachers, nurses, doctors, extensionists, etc are not even being employed long after they finished their training.… Read more »
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