Teachers to resume work tomorrow

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The Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has called off the countrywide teacher’s sit in which involved both primary and secondary school teachers.

The strike which started on 5th June was aimed at forcing government to pay teachers their 2016/2017 leave grants.

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Teachers resume work. (Library)

In a press statement released on Saturday, the teachers’ body has advised all teachers countrywide that they should commence their normal duties on Monday, 19th June.

The statement which has been signed by TUM president Willie Malimba and secretary general Charles Kumchenga says the decision to call off the strike has been taken based on the fact that by Friday government had paid teachers in 14 districts their June 2017 salaries together with the leave grants for fiscal year 2016/1 7.

The statement further indicates that as on Friday, all the remaining districts, except four, had transactions for their salaries and leave grants sent to Reserve Bank of Malawi from the Accountant General.

Since this process was completed in the late hours of Friday 16th June 2017, teachers in the affected districts are expected to access their money on Monday.

“Transactions for the remaining four districts, which are: Likoma, Chitipa, Lilongwe and Chiradzulu are being processed over the weekend because there were some technical challenges in the balancing of their payrolls.

“The Accountant General has assured TUM leadership that transactions for these four districts shall be sent to Reserve Bank of Malawi by Monday, 19th June 2017 and that teachers in these districts shall start accessing their June 2017 salary and leave grants in the afternoon of Monday, 19th June 2017 or latest, Tuesday 20th June 2017,” reads part of the statement.

Meanwhile, District Education Managers have been urged to quickly submit details of teachers who will be omitted to relevant authorities for processing of their payments.

The teachers’ body while thanking government for the funding and payment of the leave grants, has implored it to always treat teachers’ challenges with the deserved urgency.

Tum has noted that the teachers’ strike could have been avoided had government taken heed of the advice and submissions from the union.

The union has also thanked all secondary school teachers for participating in the strike in solidarity with their fellow primary school teachers claiming this has displayed a sense of unity among all teachers.

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