Malawi school pupils on streets protesting at govt delay to pay teachers

Learners from various primary schools in  cities of Lilongwe,  Blantyre, Mzuzu , as well as districts of Nkhotakota,  Balaka, Dedza, Mchinji and other parts of the country  aged between five  and 13, took to the streets protesting at the government’s delay in paying their teachers’ salaries for December 2019  so learning can resume.

Some learners joined teachers to stage a vigil at the district education office to force government to act on the matter with speed so that teachers resume their work.
Learners from various primary schools in Mzuzu City are protesting in the city’s streets.
Teachers in nationwide protests

Chanting “We’re not learning! We’re not learning!” in the local Chichewa language, the pupils stormed district education offices, regional education offices to express their anger of going to school only to be sent back home as  teachers had abandoned chalk.

They are demanding that the government addresses the issue as soon as possible.

.At least 5 000 teachers , who constitute almost half of the 130 000 civil service workforce,  have not yet received their December salaries.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology says the affected teachers did not provide details of their national identity (ID) cards on time.

The teachers are among thousands of other civil servants who did not get paid in December as they allegedly failed to submit the ID details which led to their removal from the payroll.

But Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Justin Saidi said the affected teachers would start getting their salaries by Tuesday.

Meanwhile, TUM secretary general Charles Kumchenga , has warned some head teachers who are stopping teachers joining the sit-in.

“There some head teachers who are forcing teachers  to be working while others are on sit-in. TUM is going to demonstrate against head teachers,” Kumchenga said on Times Radio.

He said one of the head teachers forcing teachers to get back in class is in Likuni zone.

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4 years ago

Koma ana aganizileni mmmmm ufulu wa ana apa waphwanyilidwa shaaaah. Ikakuona mvula

4 years ago

zafikapo DPP ilibe manyazi mpaka ndi ana akhanda omwe kumapanga ma demo

4 years ago

even 5 years old child is able to find fault in this Goverment

4 years ago

Poor Government management, President wokalambayu tatopa nayo. Kodi munenanso kuti ndi HRDC iyi ikumphwanya ma Education offices? Wolakwa ndani???

Mr Truth Pains
4 years ago

Malawi walero with poor leadership, it’s wave after wave of protest and no one knows when this is coming to an end.

Even the president and his cabinet have no clue of solving this.
Malawi indeed with poor leadership and it’s a laughing stock in this region.

(1) Lilongwe city council protesting
(2) school going children protesting
(3) Teachers siting in no classes
(4) Majority of Malawians protesting due to MEC blunder by imposing their own president and not elected one.

Where is Malawi heading?? I think to the Grave.

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