LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The much awaited Secondary School Teachers Union (SESTU) in Malawi public schools has been launched to handle teacher challenges.

Addressing news conference in the capital Lilongwe on Friday, May 7, 2021, Pilirani Kapolo SESTU interim president said the union is voluntarily driven membership.

Kalopo told journalists that the union is now the legal mouthpiece for public secondary school teachers on various grievances facing in teaching professional.

He however disputed claims that Tonse government has bankrolled the formation of the union arguing that the grouping’s establishment started in 2006.

“Formation of the union started in 2006 that in 2019 we got registered but to legal issues we were told to re-submit until August 2020, the union got re-registered. It’s just coincidence that we are launching the union when Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) is strangling to meet its membership needs.

“The union (SESTU) is voluntarily for all public secondary school teachers that once registered with us, they are not allowed to be affiliated to TUM. Members will be required to contribute MK500.00 per month as contribution fees for the survival of the union,” he said.

Kapolo added that It’s constitution rights for individuals to join any trade union their choices hence formation of the union.

“Currently, Malawi has many public school teachers that one body can not handle their challenges. For years, secondary teachers schools have not given enough spaces to express their challenges including promotions, better working condition and among others.

“SESTU wants to tame increase case of misconduct for public secondary school teachers that those caught against teaching professional ethics be face the law. The union want also to promote inclusiveness among secondary school teachers,” assures Kapolo.

The union has registered 3,080 teachers but with 20,000 perspective members expected to be part of the grouping.

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