Govt makes U-turn on teachers Covid-19 risk allowance pledge

The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 has made a U-turn on its pledge to pay teachers three months risk allowances, triggering another wave of strike threats.

The deal they signed is not honoured

The agreement to pay the teachers risk allowance was as agreed between Teachers Union of Malawi and Parliamentary Committee on Education earlier this month.

In the agreement, the teachers had agreed to go back to work on the understanding that Education committee would take the agreement to the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 for implementation.

In a letter addressed to TUM president, Parliament’s Education Committtee chairperson Brenex Kaise simply quoted the response from Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19.

Following the response, (TUM) has resolved to resume the nationwide strike following government’s failure to provide them with allowances for personal protective equipment as per agreement.

TUM has given the government a seven day notice to respond before they begin the strike.

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Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
1 year ago

Teachers must not be given allowances.for what?
If Government gives them,then every citizen of malawi must get.
If they demonstrate,concerned parents will demonstrate back/don’t give them their salaries/pay them off.
There are many educated citizens who are unemployed.
Don’t at all costs give them.
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BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago

These teachers need to just pull their socks up and stop trying to reap where they haven’t sowed. How can fully grown teacher demand that they be given cash instead of masks and sanitizers? Don’t they know there is covid?

Lester
Lester
1 year ago
Reply to  BigMan

clearly you have no idea. can you imagine a whole school being given 100 disposable masks, 2 bars of soap and 2 buckets. How the he’ll are they to use this. In the absence of such basi give them the money to purchase the items themselves or have a standard minimum list of what each teacher must recieve ( PPEs to resume lessons)

Bhc
Bhc
1 year ago

Osaapatsa allowance iliyonse awa. They want an allowance for covid, Why? A bunch of greedy pipo in TUM.
Abayeni astrazeneca basi😃.

Assange WikiLeaks
1 year ago

Teachers just want to take advantage of the pandemic. Some and if not most of them do not want to take a vaccine upon the advice from the much praised John Pombe Magufuli. These teachers do not know the extent of joblessness here in Malawi. There are graduates from TTCs who have not yet been employed by the government. Risk allowance is just a very lame excuse. That is my take.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 year ago

we are a laughing stock and crazy creatures if we are still non stopping running to give the teachers allowances. this is tax payers money from other countries who are to pay these allowances. a teacher in the countries who is sourcing this money is working and has been working from home through on- line getting her usual salary and no allowance even that now are back to school. malawian teacher has been busy running her/ his private business during the lockdown .thanks to the lockdown – business boom. and getting her or his salary. so where is the risk… Read more »

The one
The one
1 year ago
Reply to  nafundo zalo

ndiwe galu kwabasi

Ernest Nyirenda
Ernest Nyirenda
1 year ago

Mukuwaputira dala ma ziphunzitsi. Bwanji simunangowauzilatu kuti simuwapatsa risk allowance than promising then making a u-turn.

Wakhate samunamiza nsapato.

Kaa bambo
Kaa bambo
1 year ago

Adayambitsa ndi Che Mdyomba kwa Kapoloma. Adalonjeza ma K5,000 ngati salary after increment mma early 2000. Pamapeto anazanena kuti amkacheza ndi ana Ake. So what stops Social and Development Studies (History from repeating itself?

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
1 year ago

We are very baffled by this crazy attitude of these teachers and their organization(TUM). Why do they need the risk allowance on COVID19? They want tell me that our children are infected and they are likely to catch the disease? Come on this is impunity and retrogressive to development.Teachers are not front line staff in fighting the pandemic that they should be paid allowances.This culture of allowances is what has retarded reforms in the civil service. The truth is that our children are at risk because teachers are at liberty to go any where they want without much ado.

JAHMAN
JAHMAN
1 year ago

ndiwe galu kwabasi

Mulopwana
1 year ago

I disagree. Looking at the numbers of leaarners in a class, it is very true that teachers are very much exposed to covid than other proffessions so pay them. I beg to rest ur hon.

Akanatani Bauleni
Akanatani Bauleni
1 year ago

For you to write such good English ndi mphunzitsi, maziphunzitsi amakhomeleredwa kwambiri, ma allowance okhalira kumidzi ajasamapasidwa enanso sapasidwa salaries on time, funso kumati have you ever fought for such injustice. Ma ministers akulandira allowances are they frontline workers? Mphunzitsi is not trained to teach or take care of a sick person, ku teachers college kulibeko zimenezo, izi amaphunzira ku sukulu za chipatala, so achipatalawo sakuyenera kulandira ma allowances coz ndi ntchito yawo. so let them (teachers) be at their home mpaka covid athe, then ask them to go and teach, its the working enviroment that matters.

National CEO
National CEO
1 year ago

That’s true, they should be at home and not receiving salaries. We get salaries after working.

Ngoni
Ngoni
1 year ago

I don’t agree with you. You seem to be out of contact with current issues. There was an agreement between government and teachers that they will be given the monies meant for PPEs. The government should honor that agreement just as the teachers did. Full stop! After all it’s only for three months. Teachers are not greedy. They are not part and parcel of those who plundered the more than 6 billion kwacha!

nantalig@mca.ac.mw
1 year ago
Reply to  Ngoni

Chikakhala kwa nzako umati chigwire nyanga , muli inuyo mungamve bwanji anzanu akuyankhula zimenezo zoti amaneyu musampase alawansi, muli inu mungamve bwanji?Muwasiye a boma akene okha osati mpakana inuyo nkukhala mbali ya boma kuwakhomerera aziphunzitsi, ngati inuyo mmalandira ndalama yochuluka ingoyamikani Mulungu popeza uwo ndi mwayi wanu.

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