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 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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :