Government has kicked out Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education responsible for Administration, Kiswell Dakamau, two days after witnessing the signing in agreement between Ministry of Education and Teachers Union of Malawi [TUM] to suspend a-2 week Stay Away which was conducted to force government pay teachers risk allowances.
Dakamau has joined Principal Secretary for Education, Chikondano Mussa, who is at home following issues surrounding the 6.2 Billion Kwacha Covid-19 funds.
He played a pivotal role in the signing of the agreement with Teachers Union of Malawi [TUM] leadership for teachers to suspend their Stay Away and go back to school to resume teaching and this was after the Presidential Taskforce Committee on Covid-19 declared that Government has no money to pay the teachers as the nature of their job is not at risk.
While TUM Leadership was holding a meeting with Ministry of Education, a group of concerned teachers were addressing the media in Lilongwe arguing that TUM leadership did not consult teachers for the stay away hence teachers should return to school.
A day after penning to the agreement, TUM President Willy Malimba told a local radio station that he was ambushed into signing the it and announced to all teachers that the strike would continue.
The joint Parliamentary Committee on Education, Social and Community Affairs invited the Ministry of Education, TUM Leadership to a meeting to resolve the teachers risk allowances at the Parliament Building in Lilongwe.
…”Once government through Ministry of Education starts implementing the agreed resolution, TUM will completely call-off the industrial action…,’’reads part of the agreement between Ministry of Education and TUM.
On being asked why the government has kicked him out of the Ministry of Education, Dakamau said the matter is an internal public service management issue between employer and employee.
By Vincent Gunde