The Teachers Union of Malawi [TUM], has unreservedly condemned the recent attack on the teaching profession by Times Group Editor in Chief, George Kasakula and Mibawa TV Presenter and Reporter, Steve Kondwa Banda and the subsequent threats by MISA Malawi and Media Council of Malawi [MCM].
TUM says while it does not condone direct attacks or violence against journalists, it is their view that journalists also should act within the media ethics saying while journalists have freedom as that of teachers, journalists should also exercise it with responsibility.
This is contained in a statement signed by TUM’s General Secretary, Charles Kumchenga and its President, Willy Malimba on media attacks to teachers in Malawi.
In the statement, Tum says as it has been urged by MISA Malawi and MCM to tame its members, and it is also urging the two media bodies to tame its members to be ethical and professional in the exercise of the freedom of opinion and expression.
…..’’Should this continue, TUM will not hesitate to exploit all available options to counter any action from the two media bodies,’’…..reads part of the statement.
TUM says it believe that the partnership between the media and teachers should subsist on respect, humility and recognition of the unreserved contribution that teachers make to the society.
Writing on his official face book page, an education Activist, Limbani Nsapato, faulted the MISA Malawi and MCM joint statement as clearly biased against concerned teachers and TUM saying journalists have freedom, but they should also exercise the freedom with responsibility.
Nsapato wondered why anyone or indeed Government as an employer discriminate against teachers or other civil servants on issue of payment of risk allowances when such servants are also under threat of being exposed to Covid -19 when schools reopen saying teachers need to be equipped with protective gear and be entitled to risk allowances.
He urged Malawians not to condone anyone ridiculing a teacher or a journalist saying the importance of teachers cannot be overemphasized, hence journalists and other professionals are nothing without teachers.The Activist is reminding Malawians that everyone needs a teacher saying even the President having read this article, should thank a teacher.
By Vincent Gunde