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Address teachers’ concerns urgently

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It is high time Malawi leaders gave citizens the right tools and created a conducive environment for development instead of selfishly looking away whenever a problem calling for their attention arises.

Evidently, the country, politically and development-wise, continues running around in circles just like mad chickens.

No wonder, a sick, slow pace characterises development after 53 years of independence. The country ranks among the poorest of the world despite being a recipient of aid all these years.

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But let us be clear about our problems.

The many problems the country is grappling with arise from the shameless greed – dearth of the twin senses of shame and pride – and the lack of love of the country by people charged with the responsibility of running its affairs.

Blatant greed that makes it ‘acceptable’ to seek elective office and hold public office to serve and further one’s personal interests at the expense of serving and furthering the interests of the office and the people who put one in office.

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It is such insensitive leaders who would, without shame, amid an industrial action by teachers across the country, remain silent as if nothing had happened when the situation on the ground points north.

Education, it has been said for umpteenth time, is key to development.

And such being the case, any serious government could not allow teachers in the country to go on a sit-in and affect classes in the process on an issue which could be sorted if the leadership had a sense of priorities.

In principle, it is believed that governments, as agents of development, function to facilitate the progressive reduction of poverty among citizens alongside ensuring quality education, law and order, peace and security, among others.

At times, however, when the government is bereft of visionary leadership and governance theories, it has no time to concentrate on reigning on crises or attentively listening to alternative voices or the demands of the majority but resultantly goes into a delusion pretending everything is normal.

This is the situation in the country at present.

But if the country is to escape national stagnation and deterioration, underdevelopment and impoverishment and preventable losses, government should prioritise drivers of development such as education.

One way of showing that commitment to education is to address the current teachers’ concerns with the speed they require.

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