28 teachers from Chilomoni ask for transfers after corruption accusations

A mass exodus of teaching staff is looming at Likhubula Primary School in Chilomoni Township, Blantyre after 28 teachers asked for postings from the school following a stand-off that has arisen between the teachers and the surrounding community.

Teacher in class

In a letter dated 22 May, 2017, the teachers say they do not feel safe at their current workplace after the community openly accused them of misusing the school’s funds.

“For example, during the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) meeting which was held on May 14, 2017, the community, in the presence of Chilomoni Ward Councilor Philip Litchowa Kametah, accused us of misusing the School Improvement Grant (SIG) money and said they do not want teachers from outside their community,” reads part of the letter.

The teachers’ letter further indicates that the ward councilor said to their face that he has nothing to do with them even if it meant being enemies with the teachers because his people are those in the community.

The teachers want the office of the District Education Manager (DEM) to transfer them from Likhubula because of the anger and hostility the community is directing at them.

“We feel unsafe here. We do not know what comes next.  During the meeting, the people openly charged at us shouting Achoke! Achoke! (They should go!).

“As of now we are failing to exercise our duties freely and it is for these reasons that we request for speedy postings out of here for our own security.”

Chilomoni Ward Councilor Litchowa Kametah accused the teachers of corruption when collecting funds from pupils and when handling other projects at the school.

“The teachers are not being truthful on the enrolment of pupils at the school. At the DEM’s Office, we were told that they have 3,200 pupils but when the Story Workshop went to the school, they were given the figure of 2,900 pupils. During the PTA meeting, they said there are 2, 084 pupils,” Kametah said.

He argued that if the teachers are failing to tell the exact figures of pupils at the school, it simply shows there is something corrupt they are doing.

Kametah said as councilor for the area, he wants the teachers to be transparent and have a good relationship with parents since they all have the same interest of educating children at the school.

“Teachers should not have a mentality that they are foreigners here. They should embrace the sense of belonging to the community and have full ownership of the school for it to develop.”

Kametah said he has already asked the DEM’s Office, the school’s administration, the PTA and Group Village Head Chibwana of the area to follow up the issue up and find out the truth of the matter.

 

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6 thoughts on “28 teachers from Chilomoni ask for transfers after corruption accusations”

  1. mzukulu says:

    kuchuluka kwa ana asukulu kumasinthsintha as ena amatenga ma transfer, ena amwalirepo etc. the argument that story workshop inakapeza 2900 doesn’t hold apa. it’s possible the DEM’s office has not updated it’s records. Mr. councilor pezani china chonamizila rather than waisting or time

  2. Adzonzi says:

    How much is involved……provide clear information you nyasa journals!!!!!

  3. pido says:

    Zabwino za aliyese ku akaphuzitse ku community kwake as purpoted by the councillor. Aphunzitsi siyani kuphunzitsa you were not employed by DPP councillors but governemnt. Auze ma Cadet akaphunzitse pamenepo.

  4. CHIMVQ says:

    TEACHERS ALWAYS PLAYING AROUND WITH
    FIGURES

    THEY ARE THE ONES
    WHO MESSED UP
    THE ELECTIONS

    NEXT TIME DONT DONT
    INVOLVE TEACHERS IN
    ELECTIONS

    RATHER INVOLVE STUDENTS FROM COLLEGES

  5. mbuzi says:

    councillor ndi mbuzi on this matter was supposed yo find the basic solutions not pinpointing one party as wrong.
    The accusations levelled against the teachers are unethical and unprofessional. Isn’t the same cncllr who appeared recently in the media of diverting funds. We need not to listen from these cheap politicians otherwise the teachers have been there long time ago.
    The cncllr is on the bus depot. Most parents in our communities are illiterate and understanding matters is a great challenge as far as Malawi is concerned.
    You can’t defiantly accuse teachers of funds maladmistrations as you fail to build new blocks at the area.
    a cncllr mwapanga chani chooneka ndimaso since you were elected? How many blocks have you constructed in your area? We don’t need unnecessary noise to noble professionals. To hello with you together with your bullishits villagers.
    Your failures combined with your people must not confuse the teachers and learners. I can agree with you if only you may level charges against the teachers of incompetence and mismanagement of chalks that’s the main task of teachers.
    This cncllr must meet the special psychiatrist at Zomba mental hospital.
    Ayapapa kakulu mfwetu.

  6. kandy says:

    mtipatse ife amenewo tikusowa aphunzitsi. Iwo alembe ana awo.

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