Malawian teachers give govt ultimatum over salaries

2016-04-20 12:28
Shape Msiza teaches Grade 12 pupils at Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School in Ebony Park, Midrand. Msiza won an award for excellence in high school teaching at the 2012 Top Gauteng Teachers competition 
PHOTO: Gallo Images / The Times / Lauren Mulligan

Shape Msiza teaches Grade 12 pupils at Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School in Ebony Park, Midrand. Msiza won an award for excellence in high school teaching at the 2012 Top Gauteng Teachers competition PHOTO: Gallo Images / The Times / Lauren Mulligan

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Abuja - Teachers in Malawi have served the government with an ultimatum over salary adjustments.

According to Nyasa Times, the Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) gave government until May 9 to address their demands, or have teachers withdraw their labour nationwide.

The grievances included the adjustment of salaries for all teachers who were promoted at primary and secondary level in 2013.

In addition, TUM demanded that teachers be provided with transport to assist in their duties.

"TUM maintains that it is the responsibility of your ministry to provide transport for all teachers who were promoted to Grade TJ in 2013 and ferry them to their new duty stations. Let it be brought to your attention that the said teachers have already reported to their new District Education Managers, travelling all such long distances using their own money," the union said in a statement.

According to Malawi Star, several teachers were yet to be paid leave grants for the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

Despite efforts made by TUM to engage the ministry of education, no visible action had been taken on the part of government to address the issues.


Read more on:    malawi  |  education  |  southern africa  |  strikes

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