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TUM house in disarray

Divisions have emerged within the Teachers Union of Malawi-TUM as some leaders have called off the strike.

Teachers in public primary, secondary and training schools have been staging a strike since Monday, demanding provision of risk allowances and Personal Protective Equipment-PPE’s in view of the Covid 19 pandemic.

TUM also demanded the immediate recruitment of IPTE 3 and 4 teachers who graduated from various training schools.

The government has managed to recruit the teachers and provide PPE’s and referred the risk allowances issue to the Presidential Taskforce on Covid 19.

A meeting between TUM leadership and President Lazarus Chakwera ended in a stalemate on Tuesday, prolonging the strike.

Minister of Education Agnes Nyalonje however, told parliament yesterday that the demand for risk allowances was pointless.

In a statement issued last night, TUM Vice President Rehema Harid and Treasurer Ernest Chirwa called off the strike.

The two including other TUM members appeal to the teachers to resume work as the government has managed to address two of their demands.

But in his immediate response to the development, TUM President Willie Malimba describes the current stance taken by his colleagues as fishy.

Critics believe the government is using a divide and rule approach in resolving the teacher’s strike.

Meanwhile, education activists are calling for an urgent dialogue within the Teachers Union of Malawi-TUM leadership to resolve the apparent divisions.

Commenting on the matter, Country Director of an international education NGO, Edukans Malawi Limbani Nsapato calls for immediate solutions on the matter.

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