22 primary school teachers in Lilongwe who got fired can now breathe a sigh of relief after being told to go back to work.
The teachers were fired by government through ministry of education science and technology for what government described as lack of discipline.
Reports sourced by this publication show that the teachers wrote ministry of education science and technology asking it to transfer them from rural areas lying that they were meeting more challenges.
The ministry later transferred them but a closer look on the matter by the ministry revealed that the teachers were just running away from the rural areas.
The matter was later brought before the disciplinary committee of the ministry of education and the teachers were found guilty of running away from rural areas and they got fired.
Confirming the development was Teachers Union of Malawi’s (Tum) general secretary Dennis Kalekeni who was quick to admit that the teachers were in the wrong.
He said Tum has been discussing with the ministry to consider bringing back the teachers until this time when they have accepted their calls.
“Tum and the ministry of education were on disputes over 22 teachers who got interdicted in Lilongwe rural west. We were challenging the interdiction and to us that was an illegal decision.
“We are now so happy and glad to announce to the general public the coming back of these 22 teachers. From December 1 these teachers will start receiving full salaries. We confess that what these teachers did was wrong because they had to stay where they were assigned to,” said Kalekeni.
He further urged all teachers in the country to refrain from doing similar things and he also advised officials in the ministry to take proper procedures in time of such incidents.