Malawi teachers launch nationwide strike over pay

Public primary and secondary school teachers have started an indefinite, nationwide walkout to force government to pay them   their December 2019 salaries., especially those who were removed from the payroll for failure to submit their National IDs.

Teachers on strike to demand pay

Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) said about 5 000 teachers were removed from the payroll alongside other civil servants for not submitting details of their national identity cards, a development that led to them not getting paid their December salaries.

TUM secretary general Charles Kumchenga said they had difficulties to inform education authorities on the strike hence some schools the teachers  did not put their tools down as others took to the streets.

“From today  [Monday the 20th of January 2020] teachers and TTC lecturers will be gathering at their respective DCs [district commissioners] offices from 7am up to 4:30pm and this will be done up to the date they will get their salaries. In this case, they will not be delivering in schools and colleges,” said Kumchenga.

TUM boasts the largest constituency of civil servants with a membership of about 37 000 in both public primary and secondary schools out of the estimated teacher population of 78 000.

Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) executive director Benedicto Kondowe backed the teachers for the stand they have taken on the matter, saying the teachers were merely demanding what was due to them.

Kondowe accused the government of “not being sincere” with the teachers..

“Teachers submitted the IDs because we have also been consulting on the issue since TUM is our member. Therefore, we totally endorse the strike so that teachers must express their concerns,” Kondowe said.

He said  teachers will revert to work once they are all paid at once.

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) Principal Secretary Justin Saidi  said government is committed to work with TUM in addressing grievances of teachers.

Education activist Steve Sharra bemoaned  that teachers continue to be subjected to such issues when education standards are on the decline.

The teachers were removed from the payroll, among thousands of other civil servants, following a decision to use the national identity card as the primary source of recognition in a move to flush out ghost workers from the system.

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Musamafune anthu pa ma Vote koma pamalipiro mkumawanyoza,
Zizingu zolumphalumpha mukumalankhulazo ndichifukwa cha maphuzitsi omwewo.
DPP palibeso zoti ilamulaso ma Judge akuti tiponyeso.

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Kuyambila lero mudziwe kuti DPP olo munayithandiza kubela ma vote ndi agalu. Si awa akutayani pano

TIPEX ELECTIONS
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Some very interesting scenes during tipex government yodzaza manyi mkamwa

Mtonga Mwana
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Mtonga Mwana

Much as I don’t like how agalu awa akuyendetsera bomali, koma apa pokha zitsiru ndi aziphunzitsi. Mungowapatsa ma cheque tione ngati angakatenge ndalamazo ku mabanki opanda National ID. Kapena chifukwa in a tippex government zingathe kutheka.

Gondolosi
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Gondolosi

mwaphunzilapo kanthu inu aziphunzitsi munyanya kusamva when it Comes to elections. ndiye muithandizenso DPP pa rerun muzanya nokha

Andrew
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Andrew

We submitted our IDs, somebody wants to use our money for re run campaign. Being the largest group of civil Servants, we are victimized a lot.
Unfortunately some of us helped in the rigging process.

mpanda
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mpanda

Id passport Malawi wafikapo

Concerned citizen
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They knowingly do not submit IDs, and they are teaching our children? What are they teaching them? Disobedience?

tuntufye
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tuntufye

failing to follow the conversation. They were asked to submit IDs and they did not. Then they do not want to face the consequences? what mindset is this?

Patrick Banda
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Patrick Banda

Jungle mindset

mpanda
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mpanda

Everything has got its own time i feel sorry for us poor malawians we even fail to get necessary medicine in

youna
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youna

Unfortunately the policy makers do not send their children to public schools. Amene avutike ndi mwana wa ujayu osauka uja, yemwe mumamumana coupon uja, uja mumamugula mbeu mwakuba uja, uja amabwelera ku chipatala chifukwa chosowa mankhwala uja, uja mumangomufuna nthawi ya zisankho zokha uja. Nkhanza kwa amphawi!

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