Malawi ministry of education authorities have bowed down to pressure from primary school teachers who have been threatening to go on strike on July 14 should government fail to consider them for promotion.
The teachers have been accusing government officials of uncaring towards their long times demand.
In an apparent response to the demand, Education minister Eunice Kazembe organized a news conference in the capital Lilongwe on Sunday where she announced the promotion of 5,099 primary teachers to PT3 Grade, saying some more teacher have been lined up for the promotion.
“We would like inform the teachers that we are doing something about their promotion and we would like to assure them that promotions in other grades other than PT4 are being processed,” said Kazembe.
She said the second phase of the exercise will prioritize teachers who have served for a long time and it will see 3,800 teachers being promoted.
“This second phase will include teachers who might have failed the interviews, but because they have served on PT4 for a long time they will be considered for promotion,” she said.
Kazembe said although the number of those promoted is still low there is hope that more teachers will be promoted soon after the passing of the budget.
This is a relief to Malawi teachers who have long been facing many challenges included being paid their meagre salaries late.