St Andrews Teachers Take Industrial Action Against Headteacher

The industrial strike started on Friday The industrial strike started on Friday - pic by Alinafe Mlamba

Lessons at St Andrews International Primary School in Blantyre have been interrupted following an industrial strike by 27 of the learning institutions' teachers.

The teachers have taken the industrial action as one way of forcing authorities to address their grievances which among others include the resignation of the headteacher Naomi Charles on grounds of incompetence and lack of financial accountability.

The teachers claim to be dissatisfied with the manner in which finances are being handled at the institution, adding that they are working in a hostile environment imposed by the headteacher.

The development comes barely a few days after government through the Ministry of Education appointed a ten-member interim board to govern the learning institution.

While pointing that they have faith in the new board to address their grievances, one of the Teachers Frances Clarke told us that the strike will continue until their concerns are addressed, adding that the employees have been working in a hostile environment, a situation which the leadership has put a blind eye on.

The industrial strike started on Friday. The headteacher was not available to comment on the matter.  The schools board chairperson Dr Luis Gadama requested for more time before commenting on the matter.

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