Ministry of Education  call on teachers to resume work

The Ministry of Education has issued a statement requesting all teachers in public primary and secondary schools and Teachers’ Training Colleges (TTCs) to resume work on Monday, March 1 2021 for teaching and learning to commence.

Dakamau : Return to work

Teachers have been staging a sit-in since last week, demanding Covid-19 risk allowances.

However, government, through the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, which is claimed to be handling and facilitating all issues to do with Covid-19 funds, turned down teachers’ request.

Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) president Willie Malimba told local media on Sunday, 28 February 2021 that public school teachers will not return to work Monday unless government commits to pay them Covid-19 risk allowance.

Malimba’s position contradicts a statement some TUM executive committee members issued in Lilongwe on Friday, calling off the strike pending talks with the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.

Malimba claimed he was in touch with the teachers’ representatives nationwide, pointing out that they are aware that the strike is continuing.

But government maintains in a statement, signed by Kiswell Dakamau—Principal Secretary (Administration) in the Ministry, the issue of teachers’ risk allowances was referred to and addressed by the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and that the outcome of these two meetings was immediately communicated to all Teachers and the public.

However, Dakamau says his ministry is committed to continued engagement with TUM and to ensuring Teachers’ welfare, which he claimed, is one of the Ministry’s Reform areas being given the highest priority.

“In addition, the Ministry wishes to announce that it is in the final stages of establishing the Teachers’ Council of Malawi, whose mandate is to address issues of Teacher professionalism and welfare among other things.

“The Ministry would like to request all Education Division Managers (EDMs), Directors of Education, Youth and Sports (DEYS) and District Education Managers (DEMs) in Councils, and Head Teachers to ensure that learning commences in earnest on Monday, 1st March, 2021,” requests Dakamau.

The statement concludes by requesting all Head Teachers to maintain Teachers’ attendance registers for inspection by the officials from Directorate of Education Quality Assurance Services (DQAS) formerly known as Directorate of Inspectorate and Advisory Services (DIAS) together with its sub-national structures based in Education Divisions, Districts and Zones.

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Kumavalo Nsamaonetsa Nyoni
Kumavalo Nsamaonetsa Nyoni
5 months ago

Someone made a very good argument the other day. The military is trained to go to war,therefore if war breaks out they can not claim risk of dying in war therefore deserving of risk allowance.It’s their job to fight. Medical people are trained to work in diseased areas,if people are sick we take them to hospital,they know how to handle germs,what they need is not allowances,but proper equipment to tackle the germs. Teachers on the other hand are trained to teach not to tackle diseases,there is a disease in the country,people are working from home because of it. As long… Read more »

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
5 months ago

Good development.
Teachers don’t deserve allowances
Health personnel deserve that.The best Chakwera should do is to give you sanitizers bottles,masks more chalk nothing elseallowance go what?ukata and dyers.
If you will not be infront of children,no march salaries.
OOOO !!yes
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Jah
Jah
5 months ago

Divide and rule not good at all

I Gumba
I Gumba
5 months ago

Chonde aphunzitsi bwrerani mmakalasi koma as a former teacher myself muja tinkapangira kale Dakamau ndi anzake sakhala mu kalasi ndikuwaula basi osadandaula ndi risk allowance ayi. Dakamau ndi covid 19 task force ndi ma passengers kapena tinene kutindi ap kaliyala oyendetsa galimoto ndi muphunzitsi, wamkulu sauzidwa muphunzitsi nzanga asiyileni ma allowance awowo. Schools si za ma teachers ndi za boma gwirani ntchito anzanga. Ticket yani adayimaka kale from 1 January to 31 December mujombe musajombe msg ya ndalama ilira basi monthend

National CEO
National CEO
5 months ago

This is a very simple issue, the teachers are afraid of contracting COVID-19, which is true. But instead of money just give them a priority of being vaccinated first with the ASTRAZENECA JAB which the government has acquired. Amenewa tiwasake nyumba ndi nyumba tikawapeza tiabaye katemera.

PelomaPepe
PelomaPepe
5 months ago

Musawaopsyeze ndi ma attendance register, apatseni ma risk allowance wo from the K6.2B ija!

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
5 months ago

Absence without authorized leave begins. If it was in another country, this strike would have led to dismissals because it is unprotected. You can’t just wake up on the day of school opening and declare a strike without a track of discussions for the past period when schools were closed.

Tady
Tady
5 months ago

How much is the Covid risk allowance being demanded by the teachers?
How much is it in Malawi Kwacha?

Jah
Jah
5 months ago
Reply to  Tady

Iiiii it depends on grade

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