Teachers Union of Malawi, govt talks start but flop: Strike on the cards

Ministry of Education officials on Tuesday abruptly cancelled scheduled crisis talks with officials from Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) two weeks before a strike starts across the country in public schools.

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Muwake: Strike on May 9 if government will not give in

Ministry of Education spokesperson Manfred Ndovie said TUM was not well represented at the meeting and the government felt it was noit necessary to go ahead with the meeting.

“We went to the meeting venue and found out that only two officials turned up for the important meeting, the secretary general and a coordinator. We felt there was need for more representation and we therefore asked for the postponement of the meeting,” he said.

He said there was need for a way out on the matter.

President of TUM Chawuluka Muwake said either the government should give in or the strike will be on May 9.

TUM has organized the strike to force the government meet outstanding grievances.

TUM president Chauluka Muwake said it was a joke for the government to tell those who successfully passed interviews and were promoted to Grade K or PT3 that they would get to their new position after someone on the same grade dies so the government would just make a replacement.

Most teachers in Lilongwe confirmed this an interview and Nyasa Times has copies of one of the teachers who successfully passed the interviews and the government wrote her a promotion letter only to hold the promotion later until someone dies so that she could be replaced.

Muwake also said most secondary school teachers were not paid in March and the government has not yet paid them until now.

TUM also accuses the government of threatening to withdraw promotions of some primary school teachers who were promoted on understanding that they would take up rural school positions.

“The ministry says it wants to withdraw the promotions because they had not gone to the schools where they were posted yet the government has not given them transport. Let the government provide transport,” he said.

He also claimed some secondary school teachers have not yet received leave grants.

 

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10 thoughts on “Teachers Union of Malawi, govt talks start but flop: Strike on the cards”

  1. Game over! says:

    Teaching is a noble profession. It’s more of a calling than a means to get rich. Ngakhale muwafunse ma lecturer makamaka a pa Chanco they know this. Kufuna kupeza bwino mungochoka monga mmene ndinachitira ine. Ntchito yophunzitsa ndi maitanidwe ndithu monga mmene amachitira Ambuye Yesu. Cashgate imavuta nanga munthu utani ndi chalk? Tabangophunzitsani basi.

  2. Mlomwe Athene says:

    Aphunzitsi Ndichani Kwenikweni,ngati Mukufuna Salary Yotchuluka Kapezeni Ntchito Ina,yamalipiro Abwino,musamatisowese Mtendere Ife,i Was Zea Koma Ndinazitaya,am Afreeman In The Freeworld

  3. Watereka says:

    Strike mmmmmm i doubt ngati ine ndipanga nawo coz syllabus sindinamalize

  4. Chafutsa says:

    Aaaaaah! Dont worry! Kuti ena afepo titumiza mphezi, timapanga kuno ku Tsangano. If we kill twenty TKs and TJs it means we have created posts for others, sichoncho?

  5. Mlomwe says:

    If u r not teacher just b chete coz u dont know how painful teaching become when u r empty.Our TUM kpup.

  6. MAPWESELE says:

    ON THE PROMOTIONS OF PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS, PLEASE MUWAKE TELL YOUR TEACHERS TO GO WHERE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO GO, IN THE RURAL SETTINGS. AFTER ALL IT WAS AGREED AND WELL STATED IN THE APPLICATION ADVERT. GO TO RURAL AREAS IMMEDIATELY. OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS ARE SUFFERING.PLEASE THE GOVERNMENT , COULD YOU FORCE THESE TEACHERS TO GO IN THE COUNTRY SIDE FOR TEACHING. TAKE THESE TECHERS HEAD ON. EVEN IN PRIVATE COMPANIES, YOU CANT ACT AGAINST YOUR EMPLOYER ESPECIALLY AFTER INTERVIEWS.

    AND ITS YOU MUWAKE WHO IS MAKING NOISE ON RADIO, WHY DIDNT YOU ATTEND EVERY IMPORTANT MEETING LIKE THIS ONE. THIS COULD BE A MILE STONE IN YOUR FIGHT AGAINST YOUR EMPLOYERS.YOU MUST BE A COWARD IN YOUR OWN CATEGORY. FOOLISH.

  7. kk says:

    Koma zomati promotion izikhalapo wina akafa ndiye zachambatu zimenezi,
    Winayo afa liti? ndipo afa bwanji kuti wapangidwa promote asangalale?
    Kodi Boma lakhala bwanji ili? kikkkkkkkkkk
    Chifukwa cha umphawi munalephelanso kupita ku meeting poganiza ngati kuti Boma likakauonani nkhope akuthotholani pa ntchitoso eish koma abale!!!

  8. therere says:

    you want to go on strike and yet you have children in those schools, mitu ikugwira pamenepa? why cant you give dialoque a chance

  9. Malipeya says:

    Teachers make huge contrinution to Malawi development, they deserve care and support. Govt must live up to its mandate in uplifting the lives of teachers.

  10. Ba says:

    aziphunzitsi ambiriwa samatha kuphunzitsa.

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