One of the education analysts in the country Benedicto Kondowe has appealed to government to priotise paying its teachers and other service providers, saying the delays are lowering standards.
Kondowe made the remarks following concerns that some pupils in some schools have not been able to attend classes due to the delay of January salary payments for teachers.
Malawi News Agency (Mana) has since established that some teachers at Mkomachiloko Primary School in Kasungu have not been working due to the salary delays.
“Yes we have not been able to work due to this unfortunate development. It is difficult for one to work on an empty stomach and most of the times we are spending valuable time going to the banks to see if our salaries have been honoured,” said one of the teachers from the school who opted for anonymity.
Commenting on the development, education analyst Benedicto Kondowe told Mana that situations like these make teachers to concentrate on other things rather than their work.
“You will find that at the end of the day, teachers will really concentrate on going to the banks to check their salary instead of going to classes. This might even take up to a week, a period which pupils could have learnt a lot of things. As a result they do not get to complete the syllabus and this infringes the children’s right to education in our country.
“In other unfortunate developments, teachers get to lose interest in the teaching profession and spend most of their time searching for other jobs which is a blow to the system. We are just asking government to make sure that the teachers get their wages in time as education is one of the most important things in the country,” said Kondowe.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :