Challenges that teachers face in the country will continue despite the huge chunk allocated to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in the 2017/18 budget.
Although the Ministry of Finance allocated K235 billion to the Ministry of Education, it has not come out clear on the issue of recruitment and promotion of primary and secondary school teachers.
Teachers Union of Malawi General Secretary Charles Kumchenga said teachers are still threatened because the allocation is not addressing their challenges.
Kumchenga said that teachers are still disadvantaged because there are about 11,000 trained teachers that have not been employed.
“We do appreciate the huge sum of money that has been allocated to the Ministry of Education but it is not clear whether the budget allocation will cater for recruitment of teachers. We have about 10,000 trained primary school teachers and 1,000 other secondary school teachers that have not been deployed, yet we are told government intends to recruit about 6,000 [teachers]. What about the rest?” Kumchenga said.
He blamed government for lacking commitment to improve the living standards of teachers in the country.
“There is already an acute shortage of teachers in primary schools, hence, with such development, the standard of education will continue to deteriorate,” Kumchenga added.
Education activists have also blamed the government for not being explicit on how it intends to improve standards of education in the 2017/18 budget.
Civil Society Education Coalition Executive Director Benedicto Kondowe said Monday the government has made no provision for the recruitment and promotion of teachers, who are critical in the education sector.
“We are worried because if teacher recruitment is not budgeted for, there will be shortage of teachers which will compromise quality of education. The budget analysis shows that there are no targets for teachers promotion and this is sad because, unlike other civil servants, this group does not attend workshops,” Kondowe said.
During the cluster meeting, parliamentary Education Committee also raised that teachers will not directly benefit from the money allocated to the Ministry of Education.
Chairperson of the committee Elias Chakwera said since the budget is not catering for the promotion of teachers, they will be demotivated.
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