Malawi govt calls off teachers strike that never took off

Government has called off a Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) sanctioned sit in, saying the government was implementing all the concerns raised by the teachers union body.

Ndovi: We are sorting out the grievances
Ndovi: We are sorting out the grievances

Spokesperson for ministry of Education Manfred Ndovie said on Monday Treasury has released money for the teachers who invigilated in the past Malawi School Certificate of Education amounting to K900 million.

Treasury has also funded the ministry money amounting to K108 million for promoted primary school teachers who were promoted but were never sent to their new duty stations.

“We have actually started transferring these teachers and the money is for their disturnbance allowance and transport costs,” he said.

He said primary school teachers who were promoted in 2013 but had their promotions put on hold unless someone on the same position died or resigned will have their arrears during the September monthend.

“We will give them personal to holder promotions until we normalise the situation but we will payt them their arrears because Treasury has released K128 million for this,” he said.

The Monday sit in was chaotic as most teachers taught, saying TUM officials never communicated to them of the sit in.

A few schools in Balaka closed completely.

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