President Peter Mutharika has assured teachers in the country that their leave grants are ready adding that some teachers have started getting their money.
He said this during a meeting with the Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) Executive Committee and representatives of concerned parents of Chancellor College students at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
For two weeks now Primary and Secondary School teachers have been on strike demanding government to give them their leave grants.
On the other hand, the Chancellor College has been closed since late last year as lectures have been asking for a salary hike.
According to a press release signed by Presidential Press Secretary and spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani, President Mutharika met the teachers and parents of Chancellor College students and he expressed his concern over the problems.
Meeting with the TUM Executive Committee, Mutharika assured the committee that government has been working tirelessly in solving the problem.
“President Mutharika regretted the delay but assured the teachers that government has tirelessly been working on the problem and that as of 16 June, 2017 funds for the teachers leave grants have been transferred from the treasury to respective district councils across the country and the teachers in several districts had started accessing them,” says the statement.
Later, parents of Chancellor College students told Mutharika that they are disappointed with the prolonged dispute between the council of the University of Malawi and the academic staff.
President Mutharika said he will ensure that the labour dispute between the University Council and the academic staff is resolved with speed.
The president was, however, non-committal on when the college would open.