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Nsanje teachers yet to receive April salaries

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Primary school teachers in Nsanje District have blamed government for failing to pay them last year’s April salaries.

One of the disgruntled teachers said yesterday that they are not impressed with the way the Ministry of education, Science and Technology is handling the matter.

He said considering the time that has elapsed, it is apparent that the government lacks seriousness to resolve the matter.

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Recently, there were reports that some of the aggrieved teachers have been shunning work while in some primary schools, learners did not sit for end-of-term examinations.

However, Bright Chipojola, Headteacher at Namiyala Primary School in Fatima Zone in Nsanje disclosed that about 12 teachers at his school are yet to receive their last year’s April salaries but they are still working.

He further mentioned that the teachers tried to liaise with the office of District Education Manager (Dem) but their efforts did not yield anything.

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“I am not sure if teachers in other zones are on strike but I can confirm that a number of teachers at Namiyala have not received [last year’s] April salaries. They raised their concerns to the Dem’s office but nothing has happened. They are still working although the situation has not changed,” stated Chipojola.

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology spokesperson, Lindiwe Chide, said she does not know that teachers in Nsanje have not received their April salaries.

She explained that the ministry is aware that some teachers in Nsanje have not been paid December salaries.

“The information you are telling me is new. I know that teachers in Nsanje have not received December salaries but, about the month of April, that I do not know. The Ministry is processing the salaries and soon they will get paid,” Chide said.

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