Teachers Union of Malawi declares Monday strike for Covid-19 risk allowance

Teachers professional union, the Teachers Union of Malawi (Tum) says teachers in public schools will hold a strike on Monday, the day schools are supposed to open to force the government pay them covid-19 risk allowance.

Teachers want risk allowance

Co-chairperson for the presidential taskforce on covid-19 Khumbize KandodoGovernment announced on Wednesday that all schools will open this coming Monday because covid-19 prevalence has drastically gone down from 30 per cent when schools were forced to close to 16 per cent now.

TUM President Willy Malimba said the government is not coming clear on the issue of risk allowances.

He further said government has also not fulfilled some of the requirements for the opening of schools, among them drilling of boreholes and erecting of temporary classes to decongest current classrooms.

Meanwhile, World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative Rose Nonhlanhla  Dlamini has assured Malawians that the country made a right  decision to procure Covid-19 vaccine to contain spread of Coronavirus in the country.

Nonhlanhla said WHO approved the vaccine to be safe.

She said while the targeted groups will have access to the vaccine, there is need to continue adhering to the preventive measures as the vaccine is just one of the tools for containing the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the country has registered eight new deaths, with 203 new cases.

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George
George
5 months ago

The ‘Allowance Pandemic ‘ again! We are trying to find a vaccine to reduce this and you are at it asking for it. Think again ladies and gentlemen. ..

Ida
Ida
5 months ago

Teachers should ask for PPE’s and not risk allowances. They are not treating people infected with covid-19.

Elisabeth
5 months ago
Reply to  Ida

Of coz are treating effected people but there at risk coz any time Anny day they can be contaminated thought the learners

Banda
Banda
5 months ago

Rediculous teachers have been receiving full pay though having more than 6 months off work. Government should have reduced teachers pay for not working. Now teachers demanding allowances have not seen others Doctors Nurses Police Prison Wardens sitting at home. Greedy teachers

National CEO
National CEO
5 months ago

These teachers have been receiving money without working and we were not complaining, now its time to go to work, they want money. They must refund the money they received without working. We want our money back. Ungretful human beings.

Emmanuel means God is With Us.

The culture of allowances. MMalawi ndi mbewu yoyipa zedi. What risk? Are you not a risk yourselves? I can understand doctors and nurses because they are working in hazardous conditions and they have a high risk of contracting the virus. It’s like working working in a battle zone. The teachers are not in a battle zone and there is very little contact between the pupil and the teacher. A nurse or doctor touches the patient. They should go to hell. They can leave if they want. These allowances are tax payers money. The government does not generate money. It uses… Read more »

Mdala
Mdala
5 months ago

The real dangerous disease in our Country is not Covid! It is this money hungry character, which leads in the end to corruption and theft!

Sindyeka Dekhani
Sindyeka Dekhani
5 months ago

They should spell out the intended use of the Allowance, Govt and Journalists (who feed on such news) should procure and provide those requirements. They’re needed for both Teacher and Student.
No monetary allowance.

George Malemu
George Malemu
5 months ago

I believe TUM being a union, they have exhausted all the avenues to call all the teachers for a strike because I wonder, it was when it was announced that schools are to open its when they have announced of the strike.

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
5 months ago
Reply to  George Malemu

Students can equally be at risk, therefore what the teachers are asking to me, is totally rubbish. They are not going to nurse covid patients. Why not just resign? You guys can easily be replaced

zikunka nabeba kwa masharubu
zikunka nabeba kwa masharubu
5 months ago
Reply to  Mtonga Mwana

Yes, they should not be given the allowance. No, they can not be easily replaced. Your temper is inordinate in the same manner as the wishes of TUM, tame it, it’s bad for your kids. Free advice

William Chirwa
5 months ago

There once upon a time that COVID funds were meant for allowances when most of us were skeptical about the pandemic and we passively encouraged the rusk allowance sydrome and here we are today dancing to the hit song “risk allowance”

Ian Gumba
Ian Gumba
5 months ago

TUM is always playing with the minds of teacher. Whether it’s Madimba or Mandimba (Malimba) will get pumped up with cash then on Sunday night will tell teachers that TUM has agreed with the govt on all the measures. Teachers should not be fooled by tum anymore. They’ve been stealing your money all along waken up young teachers. Wait for a new teachers’ grouping coming soon which will cater for teachers’ real problem and their plight. Mark my word on Sunday or Monday, you’ll be told to back to classes by Malimba’s tum

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