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Teachers go nine months without pay

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Over 100 teachers who were hired by government in April this year have worked for nine months without their salaries.

Government, through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, posted about 10,000 Initial Primary Teacher Education 8 (IPTE 8) and Open Distance Learning 3 teachers to various primary schools across the country.

The teachers filled existing vacancies in various public primary schools across the country on April 1, 2016.

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The teachers are from districts such as Mangochi, Balaka and Nsanje.

Mangochi District Education Manager, Joe Magombo, said in an interview yesterday, that he is aware of the development.

“I am not in a position to explain why this is the case, the ministry is. We are only told to do something and once we do it, our story ends there,” he said.

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Ministry Spokesperson, Lindiwe Chide, said the ministry was not aware until The Daily Times sought confirmation on the matter.

“I have talked to some of our workers on the ground especially those in Mangochi. There are about 88 who we can confirm to have not been receiving the monthly salaries. We are yet to find out why this has been the case. But the most probable reason would be that some of them took time to fill up the GP1 forms,” she said.

Chide distanced the anomaly from system failure or human error.

“You should also know that when we were deploying the teachers, some were working elsewhere some got their deployment messages late. So to be placed on government’s payroll, they had to fill in the forms which we think they did not,” she said.

She, however, said government will move in swiftly to rectify the issue as soon as they get comprehensive report on who has been left out.

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