Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) secretary general Charles Kumchenga says the union has agreed with government to start promoting secondary and primary school teachers without subjecting them to interviews.
The agreement was made last week at a meeting in Lilongwe where Secretary to the Treasury Cliff Chiunda, principal secretaries for Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Ministry of Education Science and Technology Charles Kalemba and Justin Saidi, respectively were present.
Initially, TUM gave government up to March 31 to address the issue of teachers’ promotion and settling of K1.7 billion arrears or face industrial action from April 1.
But while confirming the development yesterday, Saidi said more details would be made at a later stage.
On his part, Kumchenga said TUM will closely monitor developments regarding the promotion of about 20 000 teachers.
On arrears, which date back to 2010, he said they decided not to hold an industrial action as by March, because some councils had started releasing the funds.
Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) executive director Benedicto Kondowe earlier accused government of taking teachers for granted.