June 19, 2021

Concerned IPTE 13 teachers cries for permanent recruitment

Concerned Teachers of Malawi under Initial Primary Teacher Education [IPTE 13] , have asked the Parliamentary committee on Education to intervene by taking into consideration their permanent recruitment.

The teachers say the Honorable members know the effort they have contributed to their various schools especially in the reduction of teacher ratio though not enough during this Covid-19 pandemic from February 2021.

They are asking the Parliamentary Committee on Education to consider taking some of the funds to be allocated to their permanent recruitment in the 2021/22 budget presented in the National Assembly by the Minister of Finance, Hon. Felix Mlusu on 28th May 2021.

In the letter to the Parliamentary Committee on Education dated 07 June 2021 with copies to the Ministry of Education, TUM, Civil Society Education Coalition [CSEC] and Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives [CDEDI], the teachers say their contract which they signed is ending 30 June 2021 and by 01 July they will all be jobless.

The teachers say they have decided to write the Parliamentary Committee on Education to address their critical issues as early as possible, saying they are ignorant on the progress of their work which expires on 30th June 2021, covering a period of 5 months.

In the letter, the teachers have expressed hope that the Education committee will give them feedback on whether they are going to be recruited permanently in this budget or not, giving the committee up to Wednesday, 09 June 2021.

The teachers have since warned the Parliamentary committee on Education that failure to address their concerns by the date given, will see them take tough unspecified action.

The Concerned auxiliary teachers IPTE 13 have commended the work of the Education committee in Parliament in ensuring that funds which have been allocated to the Ministry of Education are allocated to the most critical programs one of it being recruitment of permanent IPTE 13 teachers into the Government system.

“…We, therefore understand that being professional people who understand how our education system is like here in Malawi , you know how important it is to recruit IPTE 13 teachers now when teachers are critically needed , you will come to our rescue…,’’ reads the statement in part.

IPTE 13 Auxiliary teachers were recruited by Government from February to June, 2021 through the offices of District Education Managers [DEMs], interested teachers had to access the names of Head teachers through smartphones, calling head teachers by themselves for a place.

Those without smartphones did not know that their colleagues were being recruited as auxiliary teachers, a clear indication that not all IPTE 13 teachers found a place in schools.

One of the Auxiliary teachers, Yanjanani Mtambalika said graduated IPTE 13 and 14 teachers are all at home waiting for Government to recruit them while IPTE 15 and 16 are in Teacher Training Colleges and more recently the Ministry of Education advertised for IPTE 17 intake.

By Vincent Gunde

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