Malawi teachers give mixed feelings on pay hike

There has been mixed feelings from Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) on the salary hike of civil servants from the initially proposed 24.4 percent to an average of 45 percent, as they are not happy with the increment which has favoured top bosses but were consoled with substantial increment to secondary school teachers.

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In a circular announcing the pay hike released on Tuesday and signed by the director of administration in the Department of Human Resource Management, Hilary Chimota, government announced that the lowest paid civil servants’ salary will jump from gross monthly salary of K12 000 to K41 000 representing a 35 percent increase.

The development means that the lowest paid teacher will now be getting a gross monthly salary of K41 000.

TUM general secretary Denis Kalekeni said the majority of teachers were “hugely disappointed” because they have been offered the lowest percentage.

A primary school teacher at Grade L which in teaching service is called grade PT4 (entry point) has been given 35 percent with Grade K (PT3) getting 37 percent.

The offer is below the 52 and 70 percent which government has given to those on Grades J and I, respectively.

Kelekeni said the distribution of the percentage has been “appalling “.

He accused government of favouring the upper grade and “sidelined and discriminated against majority of the teachers who, if we combine those on Grade L and K that have received the lowest, form more than 75 percent of the entire teaching service in the country.”

According to the circular, the highest increment is on Grade A which has seen a 75 percent increase and its beneficiaries include the Chief Secretary and other heads of public service and their salaries have shot from K13 211 328 per annum to K23 012 700.

But TUM consolation is on to teachers in secondary schools who have received a substantial increment with degree holders (Grade I) getting 70 percent and diploma holders in Grade J receiving 52 percent.

According to Centre for Social Concern, the basic needs basket for a family of four ranges between K113 000 and K130 000 per month.

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40 thoughts on “Malawi teachers give mixed feelings on pay hike”

  1. Mary says:

    Even though am amongst the 35% but i support the idea of paying people with good papers with high percentage coz they deserve it guys school ndiyovuta people will not notice the diference btwn a graduate n others wake up guys go back to school n upgrade mulira mpaka liti. Ophunzira awoneke basi

  2. Felix Cosmas says:

    Ife aphunzitsi a primary tisavutike, tiyeni tigwire ntchito molingana ndi malipiro zinazo akagwira amene anaphunzira kwambiriwo mogwirizana ndi a TUM basi, ife simakasu awo ukakhala ukapolo ndimaona ngati unatha.

  3. Simeon Zomba says:

    Its good that u have made it to the best of your knowledge that you are not a teacher!We teachers,have been mocked greatly,leave us please!Mufune,musafune zisankho za 2019 tizapangisanso ndi ife!Ndipo tizasankha amene tikumufuna!Tizalepheretsa amene sitikumufuna!Tinyozeni lero!You will see consequences!Amene mukulira inu ziliranibeni!

    1. BEN BUKHU says:

      THIS IS A WELCOM DEVELOPMENT. IT REALLY SHOWS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS MANNED BY EDUCATED PEOPLE. JUST GO BACK TO SCHOOL.

  4. WANGANYA says:

    Hardship allowance yomweyo yakwana mmaso mwa ambuyanu.If u want more go 2 xool again, the one reigning de country iz de proff.

  5. Brighton Nyirongo says:

    U must nt b serius.! U feel lyk moulding siblings 2 say A E I O U is as easy as drinking water, or a chap 2 write 3 insted of E is as easy as sleeping. Hedeee! U must b joking! Tiona aphunzitsi tithawa muona.

  6. Brighton Nyirongo says:

    U must nt b serius.! U feel lyk moulding siblings 2 say A E I O U is as easy as drinking water, or a chap 2 write 3 insted of E is as easy as sleeping. Hedeee! U murt b joking! Tiona aphunzitsi tithawa muona.

  7. MPHULITSI says:

    this is capitalism,I see it being unfair to PT4 teachers,the best thing is to work as you earn

  8. albert chilambula says:

    when you call 4 strikes. its the juniors who come to these strikes. but when it comes to sharing it is the person sitting on the pot who gets large share.

  9. AEDO says:

    Aphunzitsi are u the only civil servants .mudamvako alangizi agriculure tudandaula we have beta qualifctnz thn u.kwathu amalemba wa DIPLOMA timakifkira grade K kma salary yathu compared wth u teachers u r beta off w stay in remote areas bt w dnt av hardshp allowances.fools mwatikwana mwamva simatibowe g bck to skul n up-grade ua qualifcations.msce mufuna muzilandira ngati wa DIPLOMA?DEGREE?mudawonongetsaso zisankho shupt

    1. Nyawisi says:

      ur very stupid, inuyo mumagwila ntchito chani? ntchito ikhale yopanga manyi a ng’ombe, ndindani anakolola ndi manyi okhaokha? njara m’midzimu ndiya thoo inu muli m’midzi momwemo, osamayamika bwanji kuti muzifika pomaganiza kupanga manyi a ng’ombe kut akhale manyowa mesa ndi mphuzitsi? usazayambilenso kunena mawu opusa ngati amenewo, ngati ulangizi wakowo sukukukwana ungopita ukalowe uphunzitsi!

      1. AEDO says:

        zako izo or udandiphunzitsa mchifukwa osadzipanga up grade bwa kkkk am stil ua boss wth beta perk ndalama mufuna kti akwezezo mesa source ndulimi shatap 4stek

        1. Redeemed says:

          This debate reminds me of my very first time to participate in debate back in mid 90’s when our then classteacher divided our class into three groups with assigned variuos occupations to present . The first group represented teaches while the second group represented doctors then the last but not least group represented a farmers.
          Eventually we concluded that all occupation are equally important as they depend on each other to succeed.

          Indeed we depend on each other thus a need to cease undermining other professions. for one to be able to work needs energy from the food produced by a farmer who can only manage to do so with a good healthy by the doctor whose medical intellectuals were provided by the teacher.

          1. AEDO says:

            Wat u r saying its true bt aphunzitsi awonjeza ife atipatsa 37% bt w dd nt complain tipakhala kumudzi kusanduka villager ngatiso sitidapite ku skul bt they dnt gve us hardshp allowance wat else d they want guys? apatsidwe mwambo.apolice,agricul,health,forest, sima civil servants?iwo okhawo nde ma civil servant.lets just pull up our socks w g bck to skul n up grade to have beta qualifications.than ths or mu hauke ndiwe osaphunzira mofunikira kkkk

  10. Issa Kabudu says:

    We got a problems of complaining every time. Less money we complain more money we also complain. We wanted 25 percent, tapatsidwa 35 percent we stil complain that its less compaired to our seniors, why you dont go to school to upgrade and get 70 percent. Teachers suppose to be descipline animals and with high understanding. My advice whoever is not satisfied by the increment leave teaching kalimeni fodya/thonje.

  11. Nkemu wanguo says:

    Kodi Masamu ake mukupangabe aja a pa ma vote eti. Increasing 12000 to 41000 cannot be 35% increase! Kodi umbuli umenewu wadza ndi ndani pa Nyasalande? Inu a phunzitsi dziwani kuti kukweza salary kumatengera maphunziro a munthu osati kuchuluka kwa gulu. Ndi wadyera koopsa ndichifukwa chake you are easily duped during elections. Pitani ku sukulu mukaphunzirenso!

    1. Waa says:

      I make it 242% For those dull teachers of ours let me make it easy for them:

      K12,000 Now
      If your salary doubles the increase is 100% it will be K24,000
      If your salary triples the increase is 200% MK 36,000
      41,000 -12,000=29,000 (29000/12000)*100 = 241.67%

      And if these people are complaining that they have only been given 35%, they are fools, even if you calculate it the wrong way round it still is 70.73%

      Mavuto alipo pa Malawi

  12. Joisi pa side meeting says:

    Wopita ku University waoneka apa! University fees will now be justified as a graduate will reap what he sowed.

  13. ana ama town says:

    #14 its sad to hear that you call primary school teachers osafunika…incase u didnt knw early childhood education is the most important stage in a person’s life…it’s just unfortunate how some people would laugh at some one’s misery and outcry.teaching a kid is one of the hardest things to do because they know nothing..have some little concern and be sensitive..they might be nothing to you but they deserve respect…

  14. Chilima wa tuma change says:

    Unfair arrangement 4 poor teacher. Sorry guys u are good hoes. JB WOYEE! JB anakuchosani kunjerwa zamoto Pitala walowa nanu mu Eguputo watsopano. Slavery at work

  15. zoshola says:

    kenako mudzangomva sapereka ndalama adalakwitsa kuonjezera zedi masenior ayambiranso kuvikonza mpaka 2019 wo

  16. zoshola says:

    moti abale kubako tizibrana choncho?achita dala kupatsa mo money masenior kuti ndalama achedwe kupereka szikati vinalakwika ayambirenso.mbava izi.

  17. Nadzimbili says:

    avulale ndi mwana mkalasi.Tiona work as you earn.Yaponda thope yamwa kuthamangira ku business bwa?

  18. honorato pandakwao says:

    boma la usiku lakuba

  19. Nyelenyende says:

    Kuzikundikira chuma,i pray for stroke,sugar,BP,cancer,ebola to you all greedy pigs,so that the monies be used paying for hospital bills.

  20. Chilima wa tuma change says:

    Mphunzitsi waku primary ndi munthu osafunika cifukwa amaphunzitsa wana. Moti dziko likhoza kuyenda bwino kopanda mphunzitsi waku primary Bomali ndi la Pof. Yemwe amadziwa kufunika kwa sukulu. Amene avutike ndi ana amphawi apa poti Pitala ake anaphunzira kale adzuku ake sangaphunzire masukulu amphawi awa omwe aphunzitsi ake ali ndi umphawi onuka. Sorry primary school teachers that is the gospel truth. JB anali boo! Mwayiona bangwe. Once again Mbuli 35% & anthu ophunzira 70%. A ku town muyisova. What a paqadox! Agogo anu akupatsani landirani ndi ulemu mothokoza. Amen?

    1. TSAKHO LIMENELO says:

      ### 14 ## YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING HERE, PLEASE IF YOU HAVE NO INPUT PLEASE PITANI KUNYUMBA MUKADYE PHALA, if primary teachers are not required then why government is still employing them ??? think before you comment. primary teachers are there to fighting for their RIGHTS, so please step aside

  21. chitete says:

    no justice on earth

  22. Quota system says:

    Omwa tea azamwabe tea. Juniors just fight for the big fish at capital hill.

  23. Kelvin Chisisili says:

    Thus unfair!

  24. Tchete says:

    This is a shameful to our bosses.

  25. MULHAKO says:

    The fact remains the same khasu ndi khasu anakugwiritsani ntchito pa ma voti pano nditsiru. JB anali bwino uja mwamukumbuka. Idyani tima change tanu pamene anzanu atonjoya amphunzitsi osafunika inu. DPP woyeee! 70% kwa anthu ophunzira 35% mbuli. Muyisova mu town umo zonse mumagula mupite ku sukulu basi. Boma ndila Professor ili amaganizira anthu ophunzira osati mbuli inu ma certificate 40 points. Sorry am one of you crying peacefully i don,t blame anyone sukulu ndinayisiyira pa njira. Maine koto umbuli pano ndikulira sukulu

  26. kukukukukuku says:

    Kuyelekedwa – check with the private sector and see what people are getting

  27. salem chifupa says:

    kkkkkk tiyeni tipiteso ku xool tidzalandila zambiri

  28. Ramsey says:

    A malawian teacher will will remain an excuse no more changes but a play ground for politicians to worm their way to power no wonder poor salaries,poor promotion strategies ,no adequate protection ,low productivity and busy with own businesses to support their famillies leaving learners with low performance as salaries and areas are paid after the bosses have finished accumulating huge sums
    may be you want to get grade A drunk and steal the sums in an educated term cashgate.
    See your protruding berries in the next budget planning
    GOD IS WATCHING US ALL

  29. Umunthu says:

    Lero junior civil servant ndi galu? This is an insult! A better word should have been used other that galu

  30. Please clarify: which teacher receives below K42 000 as take home? Secondly, inquire on ODL Students: is it viable to receive K20 000 at this time? Can they teach properly? At the time of introducing the allowance the lowest paid civil servant was K13 000

  31. Chiyendausiku says:

    Bola inu a boma mukudandaula ndi 45 % amnzanu a NGO akwedzeredwa ndi 5% pomwe katundu tikugula mashop ofanana minbus mtengo ofanana

  32. Jose' says:

    Tsamu, kkkkkk!!! Raising gross salary from Mk12,000 to MK41,000 represents 35%. Ndaphunzilapo apa

  33. Makumba says:

    Koma galu ndi gallu alibe kunchita zabwino. So you mean to say that they are jeoulosy with their bosses salaries? Shame

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