The Malawi government through Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) has not yet paid allowances to teachers who invigilated and supervised the 2015 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) Examination, Malawi24 has established.
Information indicates that teachers were only paid half of the supposed allowance and has since received no official communication on the outstanding balance.
Government was supposed to pay residential and non-residential teachers MK16,000 and MK29, 600 respectively.
In an interview with this publication, some of the concerned teachers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, wandered why government is not paying attention to the case. They said despite a request to MANEB, no single penny has been released for the job done two months ago.
“Across the globe, teachers are given due respect. But it seems the Malawi government is bent towards humiliating us, forcing us to leave a miserable life,” said one of the teachers.
However, in an email response, MANEB Public Relations Officer Simeon Maganga said the matter is being treated with all the urgency it deserves. Maganga further sympathized with the teachers, saying government through MANEB owe and appreciated the patience they have so far exercised as far as waiting for their balances is concerned.
He added that MANEB is still waiting for funding from the government as it does not generate enough revenue to meet operational costs.
As soon as we get the funds, we will surely settle the balance. We hope those we owe will bear with us, read part of the email response.
MANEB is yet to reveal the total amount of money it owes teachers across the country.