Teachers threaten class boycott over unpaid salary arrears

Teachers from urban areas of Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre who were promoted in 2010 are threatening to go on strike once the schools reopen in January should education authorities fail to give them salary arrears.

Some of the teachers were promoted from PT4 to PT3 and from PT3 to PT 2 but have since been receiving low-grade salaries.

The teachers have issued the threat in the petition they presented to the responsible education authorities after a meeting they held at st Kizito Primary school in Blantyre on Monday.

In the petition the teachers are also pushing to be among those receiving hardship allowance of MK5, 000 which is given to rural teachers.

Teachers: To strike

However Education Ministry spokesperson Lindiwe Chide has down-played the impending strike by the urban teachers saying governments is making sure that the teachers have received their arrears by the time the school reopens in January 2013.

“We are currently processing the payment and we are sure that some of them will start receiving their arrears by the end of this month,” says Chide.

She however said the problem would not be solved at once as some teachers would remain unsorted out by January but she advised such teachers to cross-check with their district education managers.

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