TEACHERS STRIKE ON MONDAY

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Teachers complain of poor conditions

TEACHERS Association of Malawi, TUM, has confirmed its decision to hold a national wide sit-in strike starting from 9th July.

The declaration has been made two weeks after the association wrote to the government through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Local Government warning to take action if their demands are not met.

Issues presented to the government by the board include need for full payment of arrears to teachers, promotions, rural allowances and consideration of self-upgraded teachers.

A letter signed by the general secretary for the association, Charles Kumchenga, indicates that all teachers from primary schools, secondary schools and teachers training colleges will down their tools on Monday next week.

It further points out that the strike will only be called off by TUM once government sorts out teachers’ grievances and find long lasting solutions to the problems.

The board has also stressed out that it has tried to engage government but only yielded disappointments and frustrations, hence the decision to hold a strike as a way of presenting their grievances.

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