TUM calls off strike

Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has called off its strike and requested all teachers to resume work on March 9, 2021.
This follows a meeting summoned by parliamentary committees on Education and Social and Community Affairs to resolve the impasse between TUM and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Among others, the teachers agreed to drop their initial demand for risk allowance and instead receive funds meant for procurement of their personal protective equipment (PPEs).
Once the proposal is endorsed by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, the Taskforce will release once off payment for three months effective March 8, 2021.
Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 member Inocencia Chirombo told the meeting that the Taskforce will discuss with relevant authorities to determine how much one teacher would get.
TUM president Willie Malimba said the development is a relief to the country.
He however asked authorities to implement the resolutions, warning that failure to do so will lead to resumption of the strike.
Principal Secretary responsible for administration in the Ministry of Education Kiswell Dakamau assured TUM leadership of continued engagement to ensure that teacher’s welfare is uplifted.

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