By Kelvin Tembo
Members of the Teachers Union of Malawi-TUM in Mzimba are calling for the resignation of the Education Minister Agnes NyaLonje over the extended teacher’s strike.
They also demand the suspension of six TUM executive members who signed the recent statement calling off the strike.
TUM President Willie Malimba did not sign the statement, arguing the strike will end after the government commits to pay the risk allowances.
The teachers who met at Mnjiri Secondary School in Mzimba district, agreed to continue boycotting work until the issue of risk allowances is addressed and want the education minister to resign.
The teachers also want Nyalonje to withdraw what they term as derogatory statement of substituting risk allowances with the Covid-19 vaccination, which they say shows that she does not respect teachers.
In addition, they want 6 TUM executive members who signed the letter calling off the strike to be suspended with immediate effect.
They deem their (the 6) conduct as an indication that the executive members are not serving the interests of teachers, but rather their own.
In an interview with Capital FM, one of the teachers, Meluce Nyirongo said they are tired of being disrespected hence their demands.
“It’s true that we are saying this, because we can’t go on the ground without assurance of our safety, so we will be home waiting for a resolution on this matter,” stressed Nyirongo.
Apart from the issue of risk allowances currently being advocated by TUM, teachers in Mzimba are expected to deliver letters of their demands to relevant authorities today.
They also want the teacher’s union to start advocating for teachers’ promotion without interviews.
This follows promotional interviews which were conducted by the M’mbelwa District Council last week for 17 vacant posts, on Grade J and 24 for Grade K ,to fill the vacancies as many teachers qualify.
They further want the government to promote about 26, 000 teachers who have worked for six years or more without being promoted.