Mutharika meet Teachers Union, Chanco students’ parents, bemoans strikes

President Peter Mutharika has bemoaned the impact of continued sit-in by Chancellor College (Chanco) academic staff and has since pledged to continue engaging concerned stakeholders on the need to resume work.

Mutharika and TUM members

President Mutharika meetings members of TUM

Mutharika on Friday separately met Chancellor College student’s concerned parents and executive committee of the Teachers Association of Malawi (TUM) at State House in Lilongwe.

The two groups had separately requested for an audience with Mutharika.

The President’s meeting with TUM came a day after the teachers called off their strike through which they were demanding government to pay them their leave grants.

During the meeting, TUM executive committee expressed concerns on delays by government to release teachers’ leave grants for the year 2016/17.

President Mutharika regretted the delay but assured the teachers that government has tirelessly been working on the problem and that as of 16th June 2017, funds for the teacher’s leave grants had been transferred from the treasury to respective district councils across the country, and that teachers in several districts had started accessing them.

President Mutharika assured the teachers that government would swiftly move to find the underlying cause of the technical hitches that reportedly led to the delays in the processing of the leave grants and that corrective technical and administrative measures will be taken.

During the meeting with the representatives of Chancellor College students’ concerned parents, the parents said were disappointed at the prolonged labour dispute between University of Malawi (Unima) Council and the college’s academic staff.

The college has been closed for almost three months now as academic staffs are protesting over pay disparity among Unima constituent colleges.

The Parents indicated that they were further disappointed with the apparent failure of the Unima Council to resolve the dispute on time.

The Parents said as much as they were aware that the legal mandate to manage the University of Malawi rests in the Council, nonetheless requested Mutharika to help in resolving the matter.

Mutharika said was equally concerned about the closure of the college and the impact it has on the future of students at the college and the nation in the end.

President Mutharika assured the parents that within the limits of his mandate and capacity as Unima Chancellor and President of the country, he will continue to relentlessly engage relevant stakeholders on the matter to ensure that the labour dispute between the Council and the academic staff is resolved with speed to enable the college reopen.

Lecturers at Chanco, a constituent college of Unima alongside their colleagues at the Polytechnic, Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) and the College of Medicine (CoM), want Unima to resolve salary disparities among staff in similar grades in the four colleges as they are protesting the fact that some staff at the College of Medicine (CoM) get about 40 percent extra pay compared to their colleagues in similar grades at Unima’s other constituent colleges.

But Unima registrar Benedicto Okomaatani Malunga justified the arrangement, arguing it has been in existence since 1991 when College of Medicine was established by Professor John Chimphangwi.

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10 thoughts on “Mutharika meet Teachers Union, Chanco students’ parents, bemoans strikes”

  1. wa pantcheu says:

    osakamufunsa Kamuzu komwe ali iyeko kuti zimatheka bwanji ana a ku university kumawalipilira fees, chakudya chaulele, transport concession yaulele mpakana pamwamba pake kupasidwa allowance yama buku chimodzimodzi uku M1 akumangidwa, misika, zipatala, ma university ndi masukulu ndi zambili zikuyenda chimodzimodzi?

  2. NYASOX says:

    I hear there are two groups of parents; one affiliated to DPP and the other group which is neutral. So which group is this one?

    Secondly, what is the role of Collins Magalasi in the presidency, is he a personal assistant?

  3. Hule Jeffrey wa Jeffrey says:

    This guy does not care, sanaphunzireko unima mtchona uyu. By the way, anasankha the so called parents rep nde ndani

  4. chatonda Mvula says:

    Oh my God, they met the president and still no solution? Who will sort out the Chanco issue now that the President has no solution??? Where do parents or students go now after the president failed to give a solution as a Chancellor and President???? I cry for my country Malawi where you have a president who has no solution to a simple and straight forward issue like this one.

    Now that is why you find a small boy like Malunga saying this started in 1991 which means he thinks, it can not be changed just because it started in 1991 during Dr Chiphangwi’s time. Really so, it will remain the same just because it started in 1991 with your Chiphangwi?? Things change based on need and time. Nothing is a casting in stone but rather dynamic brothers and sister there in Malawi.

    Let APM FIND A SOLUTION THAN TELLING PARENTS THAT DISCUSSIONS ARE GOING ON… UP TO WHEN AND IF NOT HIM, WHO WILL OPEN CHANCO PLEASE???
    The failed leader at his best.. QED. OPEN CHANCO NOW THAN LATER MR PRESIDENT. ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AND NOBODY ELSE IF YOU DO NOT KNOW YOUR DUTIES WHEN DEAD MINISTERS ARE FAST ASLEEP LIKE FABIANO IS

  5. Kamdakoma says:

    This issue of salary disparity has one very simple solution. College of medicine has to be de-linked from UNIMA and become its own university (Malawi University of Medicine), with QUECH becoming its university teaching hospital. The nature of medical profession (all over in Ministry of Health) requires that there be top-up of 40% above govt scheduled salary. This sets the College of Medicine apart and different in nature from other UNIMA colleges. An example is LUANAR, which since de-linking from UNIMA, is free to adjust its staff salaries according to its own resources and standards, and the staff there are already receiving much more than their UNIMA counterparts. And MZUNI stands above all of these universities. So why is this issue taking so long to resolve? Why?

  6. DPP Mbava says:

    Mutharika very useless president.

  7. Sindinaone president ogona ngati uyu,chiri chonse kuchita kufuna kumukankha,ngati samadziwa kufunika kwa maphunzilo. Watitopetsa APM ndipo 2019 tikuona kuchedwa.

    1. Apawo says:

      What do you think will happen in 2019? Didn’t these same DPP people mistreat us greatly between 2009 and early 2012? But what did Malawians do in 2014? They gave them another mandate. And it’s not just Lhomwes: This tribe constitutes 16% of Malawians, less than half the 34% who voted for DPP in 2014.

      Malawians, we are own worst enemy. We vote for people we already know have absolutely no interest in improving our lives. Only a handful of people benefit from DPP rule yet there are millions who willingly vote for their own misery…it boggles the mind

  8. Makiyolobasi says:

    What did these people expect APM to say? Soon it will be College of Medicine on strike. The case has already been committed to court

  9. yosefe mateyu says:

    Union leaders next time you meet employers dress like workers and not in suits…learn from your colleagues world over…

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