Teachers announce fresh strike

By Chancy Namadzunda:

Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has announced a fresh strike, after government’s u-turn to disburse Covid-19 risk allowances to teachers.

A communication by TUM President Willy Malimba indicates that the strike will commence on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Malimba said all public school teachers should not report for work until government addresses their concern.

The development comes after the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 made a U-turn on its pledge to pay teachers three months risk allowances.

The agreement to pay the teachers risk allowance was as agreed between Teachers Union of Malawi and Parliamentary Committee on Education earlier this month.

Government and teachers agreed to go back to work on the understanding that Education committee would take the agreement to the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 for implementation.

In a letter addressed to TUM president, Parliament’s Education Committtee chairperson Brenex Kaise simply quoted the response from Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19.

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