Teachers threaten protests September 10

Some teachers have threatened to take up on the streets on Monday, September 10 the day public schools are opening in protest against government failure to pay them arrears.

Teachers need their arrears

Teachers called off a strike a month before public schools went on summer holiday after the teachers’ body, the Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) promised them that Treasury had assured them all teachers with arrears would be paid off by July 31.

But some teachers said the arrears have not yet been paid and accused TUM and government of conniving to fool teachers on the matter.

“TUM is not helping us. We have not even told them of the protests because it seems they represent the interests of the government and not of us, teachers,” said one of the teachers.

TUM officials promised that the government would clear all the K15 billion teachers’ salaries arrears by July, saying Treasury had released all the money to district and town councils for the exercise and that all the affected teachers would get their salaries and the arrears in the July pay cheque.

TUM and ministry of Education officials were not readily available for comment.

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Infact it seems TUM is an obstacle in as far as teachers welfare is. Kwachuluka a Pumbwa. As long as they receive the 10 Pin or these Khaki envelopes then they think everyone’s problem has been resolved. My suggestion is to kick out the current leadership at TUM and replace them with new leadership. Why should teachers be subjected to such ill treatment yet government has money. It has money to pay Mulli claim in billions, and to spend in dubious contracts, so surely it has money to pay teachers. So teachers must be paid.

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