TUM Insists; Sit-in Proceeding Despite Government Pleading for Rethink
Teachers Union of Malawi-TUM-insists it is proceeding with a country-wide teachers’ sit-in in all public primary, secondary school teachers and Teacher Training College lecturers to force government pay December salaries to 5,000 teachers.
The decision to maintain the sit-in comes as ministry of education says funding to district, town and city councils for payment of teachers who were deleted in the system has apparently been released.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Justin Said, said in a statement today that the teachers would get their December, 2019 salaries through pay parade beginning Wednesday next week saying all the concerned teachers submitted their national Identity Cards through their respective centres.
Saidi has since appealed to TUM leadership to consider suspending the sit in saying the sit-in will affect payment as the payment will be done through pay parade.
“We are requesting TUM leadership to consider postponing teachers sit-in because they will starting receiving their salaries from Wednesday through pay parade mode,” saidi said.
However, TUM maintains that teachers should convene at District Commissioners' offices beginning Monday and should not report for duties until they receive their December, 2019 salaries.
The Union's Secretary General, Charles Kumchenga, says government has been making such promises in the past but did not materialize.
“Government has been making such promises in the past and as TUM we do not find truth in their letter. Teachers will stop the sit-in until such a time when all the teachers concerned receive their salaries,” he said.
Over 5000 teachers in the country did not receive their December, 2019 salaries on account they did not submit National Identity Cards.