After two weeks of teachers strike in Malawi, Teachers Union of Malawi is urging all primary and secondary school teachers in Malawi to resume work on Monday, June 19, 2017 after their voices of increasing their salaries has been heard and their dues have been paid.
Teachers in Malawi dropped tools on June 5, 2017, to force the government to pay them their outstanding dues and leave grants.
According to later signed by TUM president Willie Malimba and TUM secretary general Charles Kumchenga stipulates that since on Friday, June 16, 2017, teachers in 14 districts in the country have been paid their June 2017 salary together with the Leave Grant for fiscal year 2016/17 and therefore they are informing all teachers that strike has been called off and all teachers should get back to classes on Monday.
The statement further stated that except four districts, Chitipa, Lilongwe, Chiradzulu and Likoma there were problems of balancing the figures 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 June salary and Leave Grant on Monday, 19th June 2017”, read part of the statement.
The teachers organising body has further said that in the event of any teachers being erroneously omitted, District Education Managers are urged to quickly submit the particulars of such teachers to the relevant authorities for processing of their Leave Grant together with the July 2017 salary.
“Ministry of Finance has fully funded all the 28 District Councils the required amounts for payment of 2016/17 fiscal year Leave Grant to all primary school teachers in the respective district councils. Right now, it is the processes of payment that are being undertaken”, further read part of statement.
Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has thank all secondary school teachers for participating in the strike in solidarity to their fellow primary school teachers displayed a sense of unity among all teachers in Malawi.