Govt warns TUM over u-turn on calling off teachers strike

Government has issued a stern warning to Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) against going back on agreement to end the two week teachers strike which has crippled education in public schools.

Dakamau: Issue warning

Ministry of Education principal secretary responsible for administration Kiswell Dakamau said TUM cannot withdraw its Thursday endorsement calling off the teachers’ nationwide strike.

Dakamau said that the meetings, which informed the agreement, were done in an honest and transparent manner.

He has since described any TUM plan to depart from the agreement as mere internal politics.

TUM has made a sudden U-turn and now remains defiant that the nationwide teachers’ strike is still on until government addresses their COVID-19 risk allowance concerns.

Ironically, a communique jointly signed by TUM President Willy Malimba and Dakamau said the two sides had agreed to end the strike.

But Malimba’s latest statement has given government conditions for resumption of work including provision of a minimum of K35 000 risk allowance monthly for every six months subject to review.

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Whistleblower
Whistleblower
1 month ago

It all started with OSAOPA matrix now the Chicken is coming home to roost.

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
1 month ago

Boma lankhanza ili.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago

Pa MIKOZI with the girl uja akuti sukuluzi akapanda kutsekulila iwo atenga zimimba.mwina sindikuvetsa ndine .kodi boma linatseka sukulu?
comwe ndikudziwa ine ndi coti boma lalamula kuti anathuwa ayambe kupita ku school. ngati ndizotseka sukulu nde ndaaphuzitsi Malimba etc.
tisasokoneze ana athu with poor information.

Chitolerapapo
Chitolerapapo
1 month ago

The teachers are highly exposed to convid therefore they deserve to receive risk allowance. The government is busy with cash transfers to some malawians and why removing teachers from the list of beneficiaries. Why do we treat teachers like half citizens

Tajompha
Tajompha
1 month ago

If teachers are to be given risk allowance pupils needs too as well

mafunyeta
mafunyeta
1 month ago
Reply to  Tajompha

Yes student will be given risk allowance by there parents no problem at all

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
1 month ago

To:The Government
From:Mzakwacha Nixon

Dear MG,/Min.Education,
Teachers don’t deserve risk allowance at all….if you give them,we(Malawians all )will need risk allowances too because we as well go to schools for community works.

Give medical personnel allowances,they are indeed at rust,not teachers.

If they will not go to class,don’t pay them….please,remove their names on the pay roll,sakuyifuna ntchito.

I request you give them PPEs,masks,sanitizers not allowances.

If they will demonstrate,citizens will demo back,will meet on the streets.Asabweretse mupungwepungwe mdziko….

Thanks
DURBAN
Kwazulu Natal

+27724922299
[email protected]

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
1 month ago

Stupid arguments

Chinyanyailinaise
Chinyanyailinaise
1 month ago

Stupid and brainless idiot. Shut up your asshole

Maga
Maga
1 month ago

The sad thing is that TUM seems not aware that govt is s mighty entity. Fighting against it is wasting time. Bottom line is that no allowance will be given no matter how many tons of ideas to the contrary.
Just swallow your pride TUM and let kids in class.
Akayamba mafumu ndi amipingo kukudzudzulani muluza shaini aphunzitsi.
Mwagwa nayo apa pokha

Thisisthegovernment
Thisisthegovernment
1 month ago

Since when did TUM know that teaching is a risky business. Yes teachers I’m the private schools are teaching. It is pure greed and selfishness that driving the whole thing. Every govt worker wants to take advantage of the situation. Why do you just leave the profession and find another one that you know it is not risky.

Richard Lyson
Richard Lyson
1 month ago

Ok teacher’s are at risk??
The solution to this problem is vaccine, vaccinate all teachers because allowance can’t immunise them….

Bhc
Bhc
1 month ago

Why shud a teacher deserve risk allowance? Risk to what? Why teacher? Why not a police officer who is forced to go work in crowded places to maintain law and order? Why not agriculture extension workers who directly face and interact with farming communities without even PPE? Between teachers and medical/health workers, wht is in common in terms of their work, for the two proffesions of all to deserve risk allowance? Aphunzitsi osaapatsa risk allowance. Risk allowance ya chani? We have data yoonetsa kuti achipatala atenga matenda a covid dir ali mkati mosamalira odwala. Tht is ok, they deserve risk… Read more »

Lumbani
Lumbani
1 month ago
Reply to  Bhc

I kind of understand you when it comes to secondary schools but definitely not primary schools. A standard one teacher in Malawi is teacher even 90 students at once. police officers ( maybe not prison warders), extension workers have the ability to social distance. How on earth does once social distance when teaching 90 and the rains are not over. In the absence of giving them the required PPEs and decongesting the classes then by all means they deserve that allowance.

Juma Ali
Juma Ali
1 month ago
Reply to  Bhc

You dont know what you are talking about. The Lilongwe Girls students that were found to be covid 19 positive were tested by Ministry of Health and not TUM. Teachers should continue to fight for this allowance. They have suffered so much.

Last edited 1 month ago by Juma Ali
Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
1 month ago
Reply to  Bhc

Bhc,
I second you….don’t give them their salaries from March please.
I have as well requested to remove their names on the pay roll.if they dare to demonstrate,I will gather citizens to demonstrate back and meet them on the roads,asabweretse mupungwe pungwe,allowance a ya chani….?
If the you(Ministry ofEducatolion dare to give them),we citizens of Malawi will need allowances because we as well go to do community works at schools….

No big No !!

Mzakwacha Nixon,
+27724922299

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