BY DRAXON MALOYA
While President Peter Mutharika and his foes are in London attending to this year’s Africa Global Summit, back home teachers have thrown down their tools demanding their December salaries which government is yet to pay them.
On Tuesday thousands of primary school pupils from all the primary schools in the city of Mzuzu thronged the Central Business District (CBD) demonstrating in solidarity of their teachers who have withdrawn their services and hold vigils at the Education Division Manager’s (EDM) Offices.
The pupils besieged the Northern Regions Education Division Office demanding the authorities to look into the teachers issue considering the time they will start writing this year’s Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations (PSLC)
One of the standard eight pupils at Kawuwa Primary School, Caroline Chirwa said it is unacceptable for teachers to throw down their tools when there are final Examinations ahead of them saying Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) will not consider that.
“How can government fail to pay our teachers at this difficult time when we’re having final touches on our examinations which are beginning in very few months to come, and you need to know that Maneb will not consider that our teachers abandoned us at some point,” she said.
In a twist of events as one way of silencing the leadership of the Teachers Union, government promoted all the leaders of the Teacher’s Union of Malawi (TUM) and the Civil Service Trade Union (CSTU)
Efforts to talk to the Division Education Manager in the northern region proved futile as he was reported to be locked in a meeting with officials from TUM Northern Region chapter.
Meanwhile, primary school pupils in the city of Mzuzu have vowed to continue demonstrating
in the streets until their teachers return to work.