The Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) on Monday applauded President Joyce Banda for promoting over 16 000 teachers across the country.
Speaking to journalists at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe after meeting the President, TUM president Dennis Kalekeni said promotions motivate employees to deliver.
“As you might be aware, TUM held a number of meetings with the President regarding a number of issues concerning teachers’ welfare.
“It is pleasing that as we came here today to meet the President, a number of issues that were raised have been addressed to the satisfaction of the union’s leadership as well as teachers,” Kalekeni said.
He said government has also raised hardship allowance meant for rural teachers from K5 000 to K10 000, saying this would help government to deploy qualified teachers to rural areas because of the monetary incentive.
“Let me also express my gratitude to government for increasing the hardship allowance from K5 000 to K10 000 to enable those teaching in rural areas to be motivated and deliver,” he said.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology Lucious Kanyumba said strides have been made between TUM and government on the issues the union presented.