Activists threaten demos, court action over for Teachers Union of Malawi impasse

Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) and Youth and Society (YAS)have issued threats of nationwide protests should government and Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) fail to resolve the Covid-19 risk allowance impasse to end the teachers strike.

YAS programmes manager Amos Simwela (c) addressing a news conference in Mzuzu
Kondowe: The matter borders on the right to education

This is the latest pressure on Malawi government and TUM to resolve their differences during their meeting.

In a statement released this evening, Civil Society Education Coalition  (CSEC) executive director Benedicto Kondowe threatens to hold regional meetings for nationwide demonstrations if the two parties fail to agree.

Kondowe said Csec will mobilise parents to take action.

“As Csec, we call on parents, students and Malawians of goodwill to get involved. We will come up with a statement that will guide in terms of the next course of action. Our membership, including the board, has been discussing the possibility of a legal action,” he said.

YAS programmes manager Amos Simwela warned that if the impasse is not resolved by Friday, it will engage its legal team to map the best way forward and hold nationwide protests next Tuesday.

“Government and TUM’s disagreements should never degenerate to the level of affecting the right to education of learners in public schools,” said Simwela.

Meanwhile, Freedom of Worship Association Movement says it is deplorable that an alliance of nine political parties is failing to address the teachers’ welfare.

President of the movement, Prophet David Mbewe has decried the current teachers’ stay away; saying it is depriving millions of learners right to education.

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Assanje
3 days ago

Malimba will fall just like his master APM. Kuzunza ana osawuka kale just because he wants a risk allowance? These pupils are already at a disadvantage following the poor standards of education that include poor learning facilities, lack of materials, congestion in classes, poorly trained teachers etc. Private schools are doing fine because of discipline.

Concerned citizen
3 days ago

The issue at hand is no longer COVID related.

It appears that teachers are now being used as political pawns.

It is a shame when this is done to the honourable profession.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
3 days ago

malimba will regret akumupopao atamithawa. and these kids will show him nyekhwe. MARK MY WORDS.
awa ndi magulu oti sadziwa za external .anazolowera kulamula azikazao basi. Watch it.
Now to the countries where rules laws and regulations were being followes, covid whirlwind is now decreasing and slowly life getting back to normal. Hospital ward settings getting to normal. Malimba akuona ngati akulamula ku cipinda kwake.
tikhale duuuu tiwavere awa

Wakwiya ndi Kadeti
3 days ago

Malimba is serving the interests of dpp . He is making demands that are stupid. He is holding the students or pupils hostage to satisfy his political motiv s. We have vaccines to protect us. The teachers can contract the virus elsewhere and pass it to pupils. Everyone is at risk. Malimba is a well known cadet like it or not.

Chathengo
Chathengo
3 days ago

So the Cadet David Mbewe is now activist?

Victor
3 days ago
Reply to  Chathengo

When the government fails to deliver you mention DPP shame on you tell Kwantele to start delivering now all roads are in shambles, start working now don’t be sleepy and dormant

Ndani wandibera list yocabinet nayika pathebulopa
Ndani wandibera list yocabinet nayika pathebulopa
4 days ago

The TUM vs govt impasse is probably some litmus test for Chakwera administration. Litmus tests are easy to pass; you just need to be a loyal honest partner in the game. The silent-on-the-issue Chakwera has rather chosen to play gambling on the impasse; wrong choice of game. In a gambling partners are not loyal. This litmus test is going the other way. The wrong way. In Malawi, educational impasses have always happened as an indication that an administration is riding a rollercoaster down the popularity scale. Do you remember Poly freedom marches against Kamuzu and Bakilis third term? Do you… Read more »

Last edited 3 days ago by Ndani wandibera list yocabinet nayika pathebulopa
Ndani wandibera list yocabinet nayika pathebulopa
Ndani wandibera list yocabinet nayika pathebulopa
4 days ago

When a govt does not take proportionate care to solve impasses of the magnitude as the current one, that compromise schooling of pupils/students, such that they sort of plunge into a stalemate, you have a sure indicator of an administration that is riding on it’s downfall curve, and it’s just a matter of time unless certain critical aspects, like fattening the exec in order to appease cronies like Mtambo, Roy Kachale (and those other good examples you have), yes, unless such, change fundamentally. Is the volume ok?

Providence
Providence
4 days ago

That’s the fault of government now n not teachers

bentby
4 days ago

TUM is used by opposition to wick the govt, the same way they used MANEB officials to leak the exams so that govt should have unplanned expenses

Ndani wandibera list yocabinet nayika pathebulopa
Ndani wandibera list yocabinet nayika pathebulopa
4 days ago
Reply to  bentby

Your conspiracy theory can only form a storyline of a cartoon that my child can like. He is 5

Eboue
Eboue
4 days ago

Kodi who is going to do thd demos? We are fed up being used by organisers of these demos. Once these people are given something, they keep quiet.

FRANK Nyirenda
FRANK Nyirenda
4 days ago

so David Mbewe is critisizing Govt not teachers? paja chopeleka chake chimachokela kwa cadet Nyamilandu

Ngoni
Ngoni
4 days ago
Reply to  FRANK Nyirenda

This time around, it is not the fault of teachers. This is an unfortunate remark.

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
4 days ago
Reply to  FRANK Nyirenda

ATUMBUKA OPANDA NZERU NGATI INU NEED CASTRATION

Rocky Dada
Rocky Dada
4 days ago
Reply to  Chiswa B

Izi za tribalism zitayeni dala, zosapindulitsa mpangono pomwe. Tiyeni tizipanga zeni zeni apa. Your positive comments will contribute to social and other improvements.

Rocky Dada
Rocky Dada
4 days ago
Reply to  Chiswa B

Izi za tribalism zitayeni dala, zosapindulitsa mpangono pomwe. Tiyeni tizipanga zeni zeni apa.

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