Country-wide Teachers' Strike Over December Salaries Beginning Monday
The Teachers Union of Malawi-TUM- has called on all teachers in public primary and secondary schools, including teacher training college lecturers to start abandoning work beginning Monday coming.
The decision is in protest and to force government pay some five thousand teachers December 2019 salaries.
Government withheld the salaries for this teachers on account of failure to submit national identity cards as evidence of their existence.
But TUM alleges that there was actually no basis for government to remove the names of the teachers from the public payroll.
TUM General-Secretary, Charles Kumchenga, argues that in fact, all the 5,000 teachers submitted national IDs which went missing while in government custody.
Kumchedwa said; “The teachers have suffered enough. As such, all teachers should not report for duties on Monday. They should, instead, convene at District Commissioners’ offices in their respective districts to present their grievances”.
Principal Secretary in the ministry of education, Justin Saidi was not immediately available for comment.
The National ID is also being used, in various government departments, to identify and flash out ghost civil servants who government believes are blotting the civil service and public pay roll.