LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has engaged the leadership of Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) in an effort to find a lasting solution to end the ongoing teachers’ strike.
This comes after the ongoing discussions between the TUM leadership and government leadership ended in a deadlock on Monday.
Chakwera is bowing down to teacher’s demands as he is disturbed by waves of pupils hitting the streets with demonstrations.
TUM leadership met government officials from both Ministry of Education and Taskforce on COVID-19 on Monday.
A source who was part of the meeting on Monday said initially, they agreed that issues raised by TUM should be looked at critically and be addressed whilst children are attending classes before TUM changed its stand forcing Chakwera to call for an audience with its leadership.
Amongst other issues; TUM is requesting government to consider recruiting the IPTE13 teachers, promotion of some teachers, PPEs for teachers and COVID-19 risk allowances.
The Ministry of Education officials, outlined to teachers on how they are going to address the teachers’ concerns on recruitment, promotion and provision of the PPEs.
On the issue of risk allowances, the COVID-19 Taskforce has taken up the matter and is expected to come to a conclusion today, 23rd February 2021.