Malawi 6,000 teachers go five months with no pay

Six thousand (6000) teachers under the seventh Initial Primary Teachers Education (IPTE7) and Open and Distance Learning (ODL2) have gone five months without receive their salaries.

Phwitiko: Some teachers have received their pay

Phwitiko: Some teachers have received their pay

The teachers, who were employed in May but reported to their work places in June, have complained that they are finding it hard to survive since they have been deployed away from their homes.

One of the teachers said despite knowing that the government takes a bit of long to incorporate new recruits on payroll, he is surprised that it has taken five months this time around.

“We understand that sometimes it takes long for government to start paying its staff particularly teachers but this time it is too much. How can one survive without salary?”

The teacher said it was hard for them to operate under such circumstances.

“Most of us do not have other means of sourcing income which is even making it harder for us. It is even difficult for us to concentrate on our work. The governments should do something,” said the teacher who opted for anonymity.

Another teacher, who opted for anonymity said life is even harder for teachers that have deployed in rural areas as they do not access proper social services especially when the fall sick.

“We cannot get good hospitals here and we need money to travel to town to go to hospitals. The government must consider because our salaries already as primary school teachers are pathetic. Teaching should not be punishment we need to be motivated,” the teacher said.

While confirming the development Ministry of Education Public Relations Officer Rabecca Phwitiko said details of newly recruited teachers are being included on the payroll and they should expect to receive their salaries soon.

She also said some teachers have received their pay while the remaining will be paid outside the payroll.

“The insertion of IPTE 7 and ODL 2 teachers onto the payroll is ongoing and will continue until all newly recruited teachers are taken on board.Out of 10,000 who were employed in May, some 2738 have already been added to payroll and receive salaries in September including outstanding arrears,” Phwitiko said.

“The ministry has made the necessary arrangements with relevant departments to pay the remaining 6636 outside of the payroll as the ministry continues to ensure all these teachers are added to the payroll and receive their salaries including outstanding arrears.”

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Baisoni Thom

Ask Lutepo and his friends for a refund so that government can pay the teachers…kkkkkk

Nelson Maluwa

That’s good

kabaka mutesa

Aukape ma employer

Mwangolemba Mwaononga Buku
Mwangolemba Mwaononga Buku

thats y most of government workers run away from Malawi then flee to South Africa or London to work as domestic workers.


Why do you undermine teachers? For you to become a teacher, an accountant, a minister, a doctor or a professor, there is a teacher behind all the positions. Munali ndani popanda mphunzitsi inu?

I would rather be a gardener somewhere than being a stupid teacher in Malawi while the government is busy sharing money in the name of cashgate while teachers are pathetic objects …Unfortunately Malawi will never change as long as these idiots are still in the driving seat. How hard you think you can be in doing whatever, the Munthalika’s are taking Malawi as a urinary ground. The stupid woman in the ministry of education can answer whatever she desires to please her stupid bosses. ..shame on malawians. we are heading for being the poorest country on earth in the name… Read more »

Thus why i left teaching to do another degree. Its not encouraging now to do education. I will take the ministry of education to court soon.


I just don’t have words to express my feelings and agree with all the comments here. I left Malawi 12 yrs ago after teaching over 9yrs. amatiyesa TUVI amphunzitsi……. sorry

Tortoise maganga

Nde amene til mma TTC tiziti chani……..mukutikayikitsa2.mwinanso a IPTE 10 idzakumana nazo kt ilembede nchito

Kondwani Nyanjagha

That’s not surprising for MoE.I know of primary school teacher who was granted permission to go for upgrading in Bachelor of Education Degree on a paid holiday and got posted to Secondary school after obtaining degree and and is still receiving Primary School qualification salary for the past three years.

All efforts seem not to work at all.

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