Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has expressed concern over delayed payment of 2017/18 leave grants to Zomba primary school teachers.
Speaking in an interview on Wednesday, TUM general secretary Charles Kumchenga said Zomba District Council remains the only council yet to pay leave grants to primary school teachers out of nine district councils that failed to pay teachers at the end February this year. He said the de3lays demoralise teachers
“The reports we have indicate that all the teachers from nine district councils left out in February have now received their leave grants except those from Zomba. We strongly believe that there is a problem at Zomba District Council which needs sorting out. Leave grants motivate teachers if paid in time,” he said.
By mid March, TUM indicated that nine district councils including, Salima, Nkhotakota, Dowa, Ntcheu, Nsanje, Zomba, Likoma, Karonga, and M’mbelwa (Mzimba) had not yet paid out leave grants. But in an interview yesterday, Kumchenga said eight district councils had paid their leave grants at end of March.
Efforts to speak to Zomba district commissioner Emmanuel Bambe to find out why there has been a delay, proved futile as he could not answer his phones.
Secretary to Treasury Ben Botolo last month attributed the delay in the three district councils of Zomba, Likoma, and Karonga to misallocation of funds by the Ministry of Finance.