Malawi teachers give mixed feelings on pay hike

There has been mixed feelings from Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) on the salary hike of civil servants from the initially proposed 24.4 percent to an average of 45 percent, as they are not happy with the increment which has favoured top bosses but were consoled with substantial increment to secondary school teachers.

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In a circular announcing the pay hike released on Tuesday and signed by the director of administration in the Department of Human Resource Management, Hilary Chimota, government announced that the lowest paid civil servants’ salary will jump from gross monthly salary of K12 000 to K41 000 representing a 35 percent increase.

The development means that the lowest paid teacher will now be getting a gross monthly salary of K41 000.

TUM general secretary Denis Kalekeni said the majority of teachers were “hugely disappointed” because they have been offered the lowest percentage.

A primary school teacher at Grade L which in teaching service is called grade PT4 (entry point) has been given 35 percent with Grade K (PT3) getting 37 percent.

The offer is below the 52 and 70 percent which government has given to those on Grades J and I, respectively.

Kelekeni said the distribution of the percentage has been “appalling “.

He accused government of favouring the upper grade and “sidelined and discriminated against majority of the teachers who, if we combine those on Grade L and K that have received the lowest, form more than 75 percent of the entire teaching service in the country.”

According to the circular, the highest increment is on Grade A which has seen a 75 percent increase and its beneficiaries include the Chief Secretary and other heads of public service and their salaries have shot from K13 211 328 per annum to K23 012 700.

But TUM consolation is on to teachers in secondary schools who have received a substantial increment with degree holders (Grade I) getting 70 percent and diploma holders in Grade J receiving 52 percent.

According to Centre for Social Concern, the basic needs basket for a family of four ranges between K113 000 and K130 000 per month.

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Mary
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Even though am amongst the 35% but i support the idea of paying people with good papers with high percentage coz they deserve it guys school ndiyovuta people will not notice the diference btwn a graduate n others wake up guys go back to school n upgrade mulira mpaka liti. Ophunzira awoneke basi

Felix Cosmas
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Ife aphunzitsi a primary tisavutike, tiyeni tigwire ntchito molingana ndi malipiro zinazo akagwira amene anaphunzira kwambiriwo mogwirizana ndi a TUM basi, ife simakasu awo ukakhala ukapolo ndimaona ngati unatha.

Simeon Zomba
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Its good that u have made it to the best of your knowledge that you are not a teacher!We teachers,have been mocked greatly,leave us please!Mufune,musafune zisankho za 2019 tizapangisanso ndi ife!Ndipo tizasankha amene tikumufuna!Tizalepheretsa amene sitikumufuna!Tinyozeni lero!You will see consequences!Amene mukulira inu ziliranibeni!

BEN BUKHU
Guest

THIS IS A WELCOM DEVELOPMENT. IT REALLY SHOWS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS MANNED BY EDUCATED PEOPLE. JUST GO BACK TO SCHOOL.

WANGANYA
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Hardship allowance yomweyo yakwana mmaso mwa ambuyanu.If u want more go 2 xool again, the one reigning de country iz de proff.

Brighton Nyirongo
Guest

U must nt b serius.! U feel lyk moulding siblings 2 say A E I O U is as easy as drinking water, or a chap 2 write 3 insted of E is as easy as sleeping. Hedeee! U must b joking! Tiona aphunzitsi tithawa muona.

Brighton Nyirongo
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U must nt b serius.! U feel lyk moulding siblings 2 say A E I O U is as easy as drinking water, or a chap 2 write 3 insted of E is as easy as sleeping. Hedeee! U murt b joking! Tiona aphunzitsi tithawa muona.

MPHULITSI
Guest

this is capitalism,I see it being unfair to PT4 teachers,the best thing is to work as you earn

albert chilambula
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when you call 4 strikes. its the juniors who come to these strikes. but when it comes to sharing it is the person sitting on the pot who gets large share.

AEDO
Guest

Aphunzitsi are u the only civil servants .mudamvako alangizi agriculure tudandaula we have beta qualifctnz thn u.kwathu amalemba wa DIPLOMA timakifkira grade K kma salary yathu compared wth u teachers u r beta off w stay in remote areas bt w dnt av hardshp allowances.fools mwatikwana mwamva simatibowe g bck to skul n up-grade ua qualifcations.msce mufuna muzilandira ngati wa DIPLOMA?DEGREE?mudawonongetsaso zisankho shupt

Nyawisi
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ur very stupid, inuyo mumagwila ntchito chani? ntchito ikhale yopanga manyi a ng’ombe, ndindani anakolola ndi manyi okhaokha? njara m’midzimu ndiya thoo inu muli m’midzi momwemo, osamayamika bwanji kuti muzifika pomaganiza kupanga manyi a ng’ombe kut akhale manyowa mesa ndi mphuzitsi? usazayambilenso kunena mawu opusa ngati amenewo, ngati ulangizi wakowo sukukukwana ungopita ukalowe uphunzitsi!

AEDO
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zako izo or udandiphunzitsa mchifukwa osadzipanga up grade bwa kkkk am stil ua boss wth beta perk ndalama mufuna kti akwezezo mesa source ndulimi shatap 4stek

Redeemed
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This debate reminds me of my very first time to participate in debate back in mid 90’s when our then classteacher divided our class into three groups with assigned variuos occupations to present . The first group represented teaches while the second group represented doctors then the last but not least group represented a farmers. Eventually we concluded that all occupation are equally important as they depend on each other to succeed. Indeed we depend on each other thus a need to cease undermining other professions. for one to be able to work needs energy from the food produced by… Read more »
AEDO
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Wat u r saying its true bt aphunzitsi awonjeza ife atipatsa 37% bt w dd nt complain tipakhala kumudzi kusanduka villager ngatiso sitidapite ku skul bt they dnt gve us hardshp allowance wat else d they want guys? apatsidwe mwambo.apolice,agricul,health,forest, sima civil servants?iwo okhawo nde ma civil servant.lets just pull up our socks w g bck to skul n up grade to have beta qualifications.than ths or mu hauke ndiwe osaphunzira mofunikira kkkk

Issa Kabudu
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We got a problems of complaining every time. Less money we complain more money we also complain. We wanted 25 percent, tapatsidwa 35 percent we stil complain that its less compaired to our seniors, why you dont go to school to upgrade and get 70 percent. Teachers suppose to be descipline animals and with high understanding. My advice whoever is not satisfied by the increment leave teaching kalimeni fodya/thonje.

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