Teachers Down Tools Over Unpaid December Salaries

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Teachers who were not paid December 2019 salaries on account of failure to submit national identity cards as now required in Malawi, have stopped teaching in a demonstration of frustration at the development.

Some teachers from districts such as Machinga and Mzimba on Monday said they are failing to fend for their basic needs and have no morale to execute their duties.

"The issue has affected us mentally as we do not have food, we have not paid rentals and some of our friends have been evicted. So the situation is quiet pathetic", said teacher from Machinga district.

He confided in Zodiak Online that their position is that they will only resume teaching after their salaries are paid.

A lady teacher in Mphongo educational zone in Mzimba South echoed the sentiments saying her case is unique in that she had complied with the dictation but still got ‘penalized’.

“This has greatly affected us. Some of the people who depend on me for school fees have been affected. I can't even apply fertilizer to my maize garden,” she said.

Treasury spokesperson Davies Sado has stressed that unless all civil servants comply, it will be difficult for them to get paid.

And Principal Secretary for education, Justin Saidi, is also on record as having said the procedure stands that unless every teacher shall have submitted their ID by December 31 they shall still not be paid by January 30, 2020.

Over 8,000 civil servants did not access their December salaries after government struck their names off the payroll for failure to comply with the dictation.

The national ID is also being used to try to find and flash out ghost civil servants.

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Last modified on Monday, 13/01/2020

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