LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – Some teachers are demanding that the current Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) steps down
They want change of leadership at the TUM, accusing the current leaders of being politically misguided.
This comes as TUM indicated that they will call for resumption of the Covid19 risk allowances stay away in a bid to force government honor some of their demands.
Mr Stafuel Chitukuta, a representative for the concerned teachers said they are arguing that the stay away is not a solution as it tampers with learner’s right to education.
Chitukuta has also said the TUM leadership did not consult teachers on the next planned stay away.
But giving their views on the Sunday Roundtable programme aired by privately-owned Capital Radio, some people felt TUM’s position was unjustifiable while others supported the teachers.
In his contribution, a caller identified as Parry Chinyama also wondered why TUM insisted that teachers were at risk of contracting Covid-19 like other frontline health workers when they do not handle patients.
But an anonymous caller from Chiradzulu faulted government’s handling of the teachers’ demands, asking President Dr Lazarus Chakwera to intervene and find lasting solutions to the teachers challenges.
“If another strike by teachers indeed begins, learners will be the victims. They are already heavily affected after several weeks of no lessons due to the Covid-19-induced closures. Authorities need to be considerate because these strikes can be avoided,” he said.