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Risk allowances to teachers pointless; Covid-19 taskforce

Minister of Education, Agnes Nyalonje, has told Parliament that the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 deems as pointless, demands for risk allowances from teachers as pointless as she hopes to negotiate with the teachers on the matter.

The resolution from the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 has been made following a meeting ordered by President Lazarus Chakwera.

“The issue of risk allowances is outside the Ministry of Education as it borders on Covid-19 and massive budgetary implications for over 100,000 primary and secondary school teachers,” Nyalonje explained.

The stance by the Presidential Taskforce and the Ministry of Education comes as the teachers’ strike has entered the third day today, with no sign of ending soon.

Learners in government primary and secondary schools are stranded as the strike started on the first day of the reopening of schools after a five week break.

President for Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM), Willy Malimba, is yet to respond to the development in a media briefing.

Besides risk allowances, the teachers demand the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

They also demand the recruitment on IPTE 3 and 4 teachers who have graduated from public training schools.

Two issues from the listed three according to the Teachers Union have already been resolved but what remains is the issue of risk allowances.

The union in a press briefing on Tuesday indicated even if they may not get risk allowances immediately, they need an assurance that they will be provided accordingly.

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