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Many teachers have not received February salaries

Most secondary school teachers have not received their February salaries almost two weeks after the official pay day for civil servants.

The teachers have been checking whether their accounts have been credited with the February salaries since pay day, the 27th of every month, but most of them have come back from the banks empty handed.

"I started checking on Friday and today I came to check again but the salaries are not yet in," said a teacher who claimed to have travelled from Mzimba North to Mzuzu.

The teacher said he had contacted some of his colleagues in other education divisions who also confirmed that they had not received their salaries.

A snap survey with secondary school teachers in Nkhata Bay, Karonga and Chitipa in the Northern Region Education Division on Wednesday indicated that the teachers had not yet received their pay.

Ministry of Education spokesperson Lindiwe Chide said in an interview Wednesday that the salaries had already been sent to the teachers' respective banks and attributed the delay to banking systems.

"The salaries for the teachers have already been sent to their respective banks and most of them should have started receiving their salaries by now," said Chide.

"Those that have not yet received their salaries should receive them any time this week. The delay might be an issue to do with their banks' systems."

Meanwhile, medical practitioners working in the Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) health facilities had not received their salaries by Wednesday.

Several practitioners interviewed said they were bitter with the development because their employers are not saying anything regarding what is delaying their salaries.

The practitioners said they received their January salaries mid last month, a problem that also affected those working in government health establishments who said they received theirs around January 10.

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