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Teachers salary arrears ready—government

Government has processed salary arrears for teachers in 17 districts and will soon start paying the teachers, Education Minister, Bright Msaka, has said.

Msaka made the remarks in Kasungu and Mzimba on Wednesday where he inspected classroom blocks that have been constructed under the Malawi Education Sector Improvement Project (Mesip).

Mesip is funded by Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to the tune of $44.9 million (approximately K33 billion) and its major objective is to improve the equity and quality of primary education service delivery.

It also aims to improve equitable access for the most disadvantaged learners, including girls, improving retention and promotion rates, removing barriers to girls’ education, especially adolescents and improving learning outcomes.

Msaka said government is working to clear all salary arrears and leave grants for teachers as one way of motivating them.

“The ministry realises that this project cannot bear any fruits if we don’t motivate teachers. A demotivated teacher cannot deliver quality education service to his or her pupils.

“So, we are committed and we are working very hard to address their grievances, including settlement of their salary arrears and leave grants,” he said.

Msaka said to instil a hard-working spirit among staff members in schools and people in surrounding communities, government will be disbursing performance-based grants to schools that achieve improved promotion rates for their learners.

Msaka said the ministry will also construct 504 classrooms, 354 latrine blocks, focusing mainly on girls’ sanitation needs and 118 water points.

“I am pleased to inform you that construction of 286 classrooms, 198 latrine blocks and 30 water points is currently underway in all the eight districts, including Mzimba,” Msaka said.

Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa V said traditional leaders in the district have formulated and are enforcing 10 by-laws that aim to instil discipline and hard-working spirit among learners as well as protecting their right to education.

“We have, among others, banned wearing of mini-skirts and sagging trousers among learners. Instead, we are advocating for the wearing of school uniforms.

“Of course, we are aware that these children have to choose what suits them, but at this stage, they need more protection and guidance from us so that they complete their education,” he said.

Apart from Mzimba, Mesip is being implemented in a total of 800 schools in Lilongwe, Kasungu, Dedza, Machinga, Mangochi, Chikwawa and Thyolo districts.

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