Neno Invigilators Cry Foul over Allowances
Teachers in Neno district who are invigilating the ongoing Malawi School Certificate of Education examinations have expressed concern over failure by the Neno District Education office to disburse their invigilation allowances saying this is affecting examination process especially in hard to reach areas.
Speaking to Zodiak Online on Monday, one of the invigilators who sought anonymity said the money was supposed to be given before the practical examinations started last week but up to now there is no communication from the district education manager’s office, a development which is affecting invigilation especially to the commuter invigilators who need money to use for mobility.
“Our friends in other districts have already gotten their invigilation allowances, which carter for transport, accommodation and food. But here our DEM office is silent we don't know what's happening.
But in response Neno district education manager Lauben Menyere said the challenge arose due to unavailability of security personnel to accompany their team while adding that money issues are of security but assured the invigilators that they will get their allowances once everything is in order.
"We don't want to have scenarios where money had met bad luck with thieves, so we are waiting for our friends from the security department to get set so we commence the disbursing exercise", said Menyere.
Menyere has since without mentioning an exact date, promised the disgruntled invigilators that their money will be received soon.
Maneb spokesperson Mayamiko Chiwaya expressed surprise with the development saying her office disbursed the money to all districts before the examinations started.
“We are surprised with this news, our office delivered all allowances to all districts prior to the start of the practical exam, I think the DEM office in Neno has reasons for the delay", she said.