About 13 primary school teachers from 7 schools in Chikwawa district have been fired for absconding work.
Chikwawa District Education Manager,Mrs Chrissie Chimsale,has confirmed the development when speaking with Malawi24 in an interview.
According to Mrs Chimsale,the office of education in the district has been receiving reports of teachers not reporting for duties which she pointed out to be one of the factors derailing education standards in Chikwawa.
Chimsale further said it has come to their knowledge that some teachers are not adhering to their working conditions to the extent that they are choosing to stay at home instead of providing education to learners.
The manager added, “I still do not understand why these teachers are behaving this way. But we should have the way out; we can’t allow them just to do what they want.”
The DEM said the ministry has already removed these 13 teachers from pay roll worrying thing is that most of those interdicted are those whose place of origin is Chikwawa.
“I expected such teachers to have love to their brothers and sisters here in Chikwawa by ensuring that they are providing quality education to them. Why should they not motivate them to aim high? What picture are they painting to children when they are absconding work,” worried the District Education Manager.
The issue of teachers’ absenteeism worsened last month when over 150 Open Distance Learning (ODL) teachers’ names were omitted consequently making them not to receive December salaries.
But the DEM insisted that this is not a genuine reason for teachers to absent themselves from work saying such things happen and life is always full of alternatives to survive unlike deciding to stay at home.
The Education Manager then called on all head teachers to report all teachers who deliberately abscond work for no apparent reasons adding: “Sometimes head teachers take a lot of time to report such cases; it is not good to shield such in discipline teachers. We need to get rid of them,”.
Some of the teachers fired were teaching at Changoima, Chitungwani, Kalima, Nkhathe, Dyeratu, Njereza and Kholongo primary schools.
The interdiction of the 13 in Chikwawa, come at a time when over 550 primary.
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