Govt Moves In On Teachers’ Arrears

Principal Secretaries for Education Science and Technology Justin Saidi and Kiswell Dakamau for Local Goverment and Rural Development on Tuesday met district commissioners and Chief Executive Officers to understand why some teachers are not yet paid their arrears.

The meeting took place in Lilongwe following a letter from Teachers Union of Malawi in which they complained that some teachers are not yet paid their arrears and TUM threatened to organise a sit by the teachers.

In the letter, TUM said since payment of teachers was decentralized, payment of arrears has remained a challenge.

Sources at the Ministry of Education Science and Technology said they are surprised why the arrears are not yet paid.

“But the payment will be done as soon as possible,” one official said.

TUM’s letter is signed by its president Willie Malimba, Secretary General Charles Kumchenga and Treasurer General Ernest Chirwa and is dated June 18, 2018.