Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has suspended a country wide sit in scheduled on Monday after government said it will meet all the demands by June 30, according to the organisation’s secretary general.
TUM secretary general Denis Kalekeni said the government has agreed to pay all promoted teachers starting May and the last group in June.
In addition, he said the government has said it will offer transport to all teachers who sat for promotion interviews and upon successful were posted to rural areas.
Initially, the ministry of education threatened to withdraw the promotion letters to force the teachers go to the new work stations but the affected teachers said it was the responsibility of government to give them transport.
“They told us that they will meet our demands by June 30 so we have to wait. If they fail to honour their promise then we will go ahead with the sit in,” he said.
Kalekeni also blamed some officials at the ministry of Education whom he accused of laziness, not doing their job and messing up these issues.
He said the matter would not have reached this far if the officials handled them with maturity.
TUM asked the government either to transfer them or sack them.