Officials from Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) are blaming chief secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet George Mkondiwa for the prolonged and endless problems affecting teachers in the country.
TUM secretary general Muwake Chauluka said this as the TUM call for a strike looks set to be ignored.
In the morning on Monday, most teachers in Lilongwe were in class as most of them had received their August salaries with an increment as promised by the government.
TUM called for the strike to force the government pay junioir certificate and Malawi School Certificate of Education invigilators their allowances.
Treasury said it had paid Malawi National Examination Board K900m and ministry of Education K100m for the exercise but Maneb spokesperson Semion Maganga is refusing to comment on the matter.
TUM also wants the ministry of Education to pay salary arrears to primary school teachers who were promoted in 2013 but are being told that they would get their new pay after some one dies or resgns or retires on the same grade.
Muwake said Mkondiwa has never taken interest to resolve the matter and he has never even attended any meeting on the issue.
“As the head of civil service, he has the power to resolve these issues without us resorting to industrial action,” he said.
Most schools in Lilongwe are well attended by learners.