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ActionAid bemoans teachers’ conditions

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By Faith Kamtambe:

NEGLECTED? — Teachers

ActionAid Malawi has said it is concerned with conditions of service for teachers, citing unavailability of houses, especially in rural areas.

ActionAid Malawi Thematic Manager for Education and Youth, Yandura Chipeta, said, due to unavailability of quality houses, some teachers stay in grass-thatched houses.

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Chipeta made the remarks at a press conference held jointly with Teachers Union of Malawi (Tum) on Friday in Lilongwe.

Chipeta also faulted the government for failing to impart skills in teachers when it changes the curriculum.

“Our issue of concern is [on issues such as] teachers houses and personal professional development. There is need for the government to invest adequate resources in the education sector. Currently, the government has allocated 17.9 percent of national budget [resources] to education but we feel they [resources] are inadequate to solve challenges that the sector is experiencing,” Chipeta said.

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Tum President, Willie Malimba, concurred with Chipeta, saying the government should create an enabling environment for teaching and learning by providing necessary tools.

“Teachers have got so many challenges. The government has a lot of arrears for teachers and about 700 teachers who upgraded themselves have not been recognised and we are asking the government to promote these teachers. The K10, 000 given to teachers in rural areas is also not enough to encourage someone to go and teach in a rural area,” he said.

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