Teachers Union of Malawi faults govt for introducing fees in TTCs

The Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has condemned government’s idea to introduce fees in Teachers Training Colleges (TTCs), and has since accused government of “commercializing the noble profession.”

Kalekeni:  24% is unacceptable

Kalekeni: Unacceptable

Government, through Ministry of Education and Science Technology spokesperson Manfred Ndovi, has confirmed its idea of introducing the fees but said the fees will be highly “subsidized.”

Adverts presently flying in local media are informing aspirants that they will be required to pay.

Ndovi said training teachers was becoming increasingly expensive, revealing government is spending not less than K500 000 to train one teacher.

But TUM secretary general Denis Kalekeni said government’s decision will frustrate quality of education in the country.

“This is unacceptable. We’re talking about a noble profession aimed at imparting knowledge to the next generation, why should that come at a price?” Kalekeni is quoted as saying by The Nation.

Currently, there are 5 359 public primary schools in the country enrolling a total of 4 688 992 pupils against 58  946 teachers.

In order to achieve a 1:60 ratio, the system needs 78 150 teachers which means currently the system is short of 19 204 teachers.

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32 thoughts on “Teachers Union of Malawi faults govt for introducing fees in TTCs”

  1. maganizo anga says:

    they can pay, no issue here, but the salary then must be increased by a large margin, seeing that they paid for their own education. I left after training myself because money is so little there.

  2. lucy says:

    koma gvt yawonjeza 45grand ndiyambir

  3. lucy says:

    they have done wel, amakana uphunzitsi aja ndikusowa kwa ntchitoku pano ndiye mulowano uphunzitsi wolipira,

  4. Mwana wa ng'ono says:

    Abale zaulele zinapita

  5. I Support Govt Move 4 TTCs To Pay But Has To B Reseasonale,may B Strikes Will Lessen In Respect Of The Fee And Those Not Serious With Teaching Will Find Their Way Hard To The TTCs.

  6. jones kawale says:

    that better idea bt government should not teck teachers for granted thy should pay this teachers at a lyt tym akamawachedwese malipilo lyk the way they do amaona ngat azidya chan mabwana chepesan kudzikonda mulungu azakudalisan

  7. kwataineyo says:

    Good move, palibe school yaulere ayi. Nanga a secondary, university amalipila bwanji? Adzilipila kuti adzipatsidwanso ulemu and to strike when the salaries delays.

    I support that .

  8. Chikopa says:

    Zaulere sizipatsa ulemu. If students in secondary schools are paying, what is so special with these dunderheads? Dennis Kelekeni and your friend Chaulaka Muwake must work up. There is no free lunch. You want to be a teacher – pay for the training if not go and become a carpenter or bricklayer at community college. Ngati kuubusa kaya ku tsimba amalipria? Stop dreaming.

  9. This is a good idea coz some teachers are quiting this proffession despite govt spending much on their trainnig this makes govt to be a loser

  10. stuart says:

    thants insane instead of paying teachers well, they want the other way round…

  11. kanyimbi says:

    Everyone pays for his education but the salaries should be increased.

  12. Mdicai Longwe says:

    This is ineed a cash gate government now they want to introduce EDUCATION GATE. This is increasing the number of incollegeables. Then very soon you will hear all who will be looking for jobs should be paying POLICE, ARMY, NURSES, PRISON WARDERERS, EVEN WATCHMEN or those sweeping the streets for them to be employed will need to pay .Ineed Malawi at 51. Bola a Ngwazi Kamuzu akadadzuka ndithu!

  13. Concerned Citizen says:

    Good idea. This idea that everything should be free is not working. As the saying goes, there is no free lunch.

    The question if the beneficiary is not paying, then who is?

  14. clement says:

    Let teachers pay for their training. Let also soldiers and police pay for their six month training. No segregation. Everyone must pay for his/her career progression. But the fees must reflect the earnings of an ordinary villager

  15. Andrew says:

    You voted for us musovenge

  16. Brewster says:

    Its good idea

  17. kelvin says:

    we are ready to pay the fees bola tiphunzile basi

  18. kelvin says:

    we are ready to pay that fees

  19. wakumangochi says:

    kufuna kwawo kuchitidwe

  20. Issa Kabudula says:

    I support the fee for training, we are lacking training colleges due to lack of funding, teachers who want increases must go for training and pay for it, its a profession why not pay for your profession – zaulele zinatha in the time of Kamuzu, where we have 90% funding from different countries and not today – the government is on zero-budget, where can the government afford paying for professionals who are not ready to appreciate the contribution? I have seen many friends of mine who opt for teaching due to lack of work and when they got other work they leave teaching even if he/she underwent teaching training – whose resources is at waste? No no… no we must think when it comes to criticising.

  21. wachilungamo says:

    zaulere mpaka liti?

  22. Tommy gwiracheyo says:

    First of all z govenmnt shd know zt Teaching is nt a desired prffsion due nasty treatment they get from them and these TTC hv students jst bcouse they r almst free.zs implies that the introduction of the fee wll lead to the drastic drop in inrollment and education forz poor wll sffer the fate while zos rsponsible for selfish dcisions hve their kids in z likes of SirHarry Johnson private…It has worked all these yrs y a change now?

  23. Nedson Trouble Jere says:

    Chitsiru chokwana or chindere chakukwana can say govt has done well to introduce fees.

  24. Joe says:

    Other African countries are doing it why not us fellows? Change is inevitable I guess it has just taken place…..Kudosi.

  25. ezekiwe utwag says:

    Teaching as professional is so miserable. One works tirelesslly 30 days just to get K56,000.00 only. At times 40days without salary and being fulled by the so called SACCOs. Go to Zambia teachers are getting 3 times ours.

  26. Chakwera: "Mulakhoism" says:

    The idea to introduce fees is good. A Malawi ku zolowera za ulere.

  27. Khaoreya says:

    Educatuon is expensive anywhere… Thats the way to go govt!! Ku nursing kuli bigger shortage than this but nurses are paying more money towards education why not teachers?? Remove the disparity, let them start paying also!!

  28. zakusimba says:

    Choyambilila boma lichotse ma benefits a anthu ogwila m’boma policies ma school fees a Ana awo ku ma private schools odula. Mai ko olemela anthu ogwila m’boma amalilira mthumba mwawo. Why should a poor country like Malawi should tax payers flip the bill? Yet that money could could build schools in the villages. These so called government officials are already highly paid.GREED.

  29. chikhwalingwa says:

    I think government’s idea z good. But they shld come out clear as to how much we will be paying so that we debate bwinobwino and make informed choice. Fees will help to only have those truly willing to join the noble profession otherwise, many join and leave Willy nilly at training stage coz they lose nothing after all. Komanso ukhale udindo WA TUM yo kuti apeze ma sponsor so that many deserving Malawians should learn free of charge. By the way, ma K500 mmadula aphunzitsi zija zimatani? Use them to subsdize

  30. Julie says:

    Milking the thin cow, how about Police trainees? They are all in a collage

  31. Julie says:

    Milking the thin cow

  32. Kenkkk says:

    The gap shortage will increase even more.

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