Teachers Down Chalk Day One Term Two
BLANTYRE: As schools opened across the country Tuesday, learners in nine zones of Blantyre rural could not go in class as their teachers started the new term with a sit-in to force officials to sort out their salary and hardship allowance arrears for 2011.
The strike is involving at least 200 teachers.
Some of the teachers claim to have worked since February when they were recruited without receiving any salary.
On several occasions the teachers allege ministry of education officials have been promising them that they will get their arrears ranging from three to five months.
One of the teachers from Madziabango primary school Mr. Titus Litiya told ZBS that they have been living miserable lives because since they were recruited as Initial Primary School teachers IPT 3, it has been a hassle always for them to get salaries worse still the hardship allowances.
The teachers were last month promised that by December 31 their salary and hardship allowance issue will be sorted out but as the second semester for the 2011-2012 academic year commences, the teachers say their bank accounts are still empty.
This has forced close to 200 IPT 3 primary school teachers in Blantyre rural to go on a sit it vowing to come back to class unless they get their payments.
Some claim since they started working in the rural primary schools last year in February, they have not received their employment numbers.
Ministry of education spokesperson Miss Lindiwe Chide however said reports from responsible officials handling the issue of payments for the teachers confirmed having sorted payments if the teachers.
She said as if the teachers did not get their salaries including the arrears for the year 2011, they should wait for January end.
For the time being the disappointed teachers say they are going back to their homes to find other means of earning a living because most of them stay in rented houses and their landlords seem to have been fed up with their excuses that they will pay rentals when they get paid.—Zodiak Online
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