Ministry authorities defy Mutharika’s directive

Authorities at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology have openly disobeyed President Bingu wa Mutharika’s directive that all civil servants be on block leave for two weeks in order to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Mutharika ordered civil servant’s to be away from there offices from December 23, 2011 and report for work on January 9, 2012.

However, authorities at the education ministry have gone against the president’s order by directing the civil servants that fall under its authority to resume work next week Tuesday, 3rd January 2012, cutting their holiday by a week.

Over the week, the ministry has been flying advertisement everywhere in the local press, both print and electronic media, stressing that the second term school calendar has not changed as such all teachers must report for work next Tuesday.

Mutharika: Directed holiday

The ministry has also been calling on students to report for classes on the said date and that those in boarding schools should report at their respective schools on the 2nd January 2012 ready for classes the following day.

“All schools , be it public or private, are reminded that the school calendar is harmonized as such all schools open on 3rd January 2012 for the second term,” says a statement from the ministry.

However, the development has not gone down well with some teachers who claim that psychologically they were prepared to start work on 9th January 2012 as declared by the head of state and not a week earlier.

“Of course, we have no choice but the development has greatly affected our plans because some of us had other personal programmes during that week,” said one female teacher from Blantyre Girls Primary School.

Another said it was likely there will be very little action during the week because psychologically the teachers will also be at home enjoying the holiday as “we feel ambushed by the ministry.”

Teachers in Malawi constitute about half of the civil service of which the president is their head. And primary school teachers are amongst the lowest paid civil servants in the country just like the police service.

Kamuzu College of Nursing

In a related development, Kamuzu College of Nursing, a constituency college of the University of Malawi is also calling upon its first year students to report for classes on the 3rd of January 2012.

“Registration will be made at the college on 2nd January 2012 and inquiries should be made to the Registrar of KCN,” reads a press statement in part.

KCN will be the only UNIMA constituency opening on this date.

Bunda College which was recently closed due to loan disbursement management disagreements are yet to be announced.

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