The newly selected to Secondary School Form 1 students might have to wait a little longer for them to attend a new class in their respective Secondary schools.
This is after an announcement by the Teachers Union of Malawi (Tum) announced that it will be going on a sit-in from 12 September.
Government was supposed to pay half of the allowances prior to the commencement of this year’s national examinations and finish the balance before the end of the exams but until now authorities have not provided Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) with funds to pay the teachers.
According to the statement released and signed by the teachers union president Chauluka Muwake and secretary general Denis Kalekeni, government through the MANEB has failed to settle the teachers’ allowances for supervising and invigilating the 2016 national examination.
In the statement, TUM says government and the ministry of education are taking teachers for granted therefore the union has informed all parents, guardians, and learners themselves both from primary and secondary school as well as the general public that teachers will not fully conduct their duties starting next Monday.
It adds that government has taken teachers for granted for a long time hence they will hold the sit-in but assured that the protest will be conducted in a peaceful manner.
The union has since warned all top government officers at national, divisional, district, zonal and school levels never to indulge in acts of intimidating the teachers as this may trigger the otherwise peaceful industrial action into a volatile one.
TUM says teachers will only commence their work again after they have been paid their allowances.