Deadlock: Taskforce to decide teachers' risk allowances fate

Students returning from school

Malawian Teachers will have to wait a bit before they know the way forward on their demand for a COVID-19 pandemic risk allowance.

On Monday, officials from the Ministry of Education and the Teachers Union of (TUM) met to address the teachers’ grievances, but left the risk allowance issue unresolved.

According to the memo by Kingsley Dakamau, an administrative secretary in the Ministry of Education and Willie Malimba, President for TUM, government has fulfilled all the requests from teacher except that of allowances which is to be handle by Presidential Taskforce Committee on COVID-19.

“The ministry has satisfied all other requests from TUM except on risk allowances that is in the hands of the taskforce,” reads part of the memo.

The teachers did not reported for duties on Monday, February 22, 2021, when schools were supposed to have reopened arguing that they are exposed to COVID-19 pandemic hence demanding risk allowances, decongestion of learning classes and provision of personal protective equipment.

The memo has also clearly indicated that TUM will make recommendations on whether it is on for its members to report to office or not after getting response from the taskforce.

“TUM will wait for response from the taskforce before making way forward on the withholding of labor by its members,” 

 

The government has meanwhile assured the teachers that it will keep on engaging them any moment they have issues that.