A political analyst has described the current woes in the education sector as an indication that government does not care about teachers and lecturers’ grievances.
Malawi’s education sector continues to be hit by woes as the labour standoff between lectures at the Chancellor College and the University of Malawi council over the tutors’ demands for a 40% salary hike is still on.
Teachers nationwide are also on strike demanding government to pay them their leave grants.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi24, one of the political scientists in the country Wonderful Mkhutche said the situation is a discouragement to workers.
“The impression it is sending is that government does not care about teachers and lecturers’ grievances. It discourages workers, especially in a situation where an employer is not listening,” said Mkhutche.
He added that silence by government will inspire chaos in the education sector and the observing public will think government does not want to work for the people.
Mkhutche claimed that a listening government is key to resolving such disagreements adding that such industrial disagreements do not necessarily need political calculations to be dealt with.
He further said that resolving the lecturers’ strike and the teachers’ sit-in is a matter of the involved parties meeting and agreeing on the way forward.
According to Mkhutche, people who think that President Peter Mutharika is too quiet on the Chanco issue are right as Mutharika is Chancellor for University of Malawi and he should have done something.
The analyst then advised president Mutharika to be hands-on as situations do not get resolve themselves.