Malawi’s Minister of Education, Science and Technology Emmanuel Fabiano is coming under fire over a myriad of problems affecting the education sector.
This has prompted some members of parliament and the public to call for the minister’s resignation.
Member of Parliament for Salima North West Jessie Kabwira feels the minister has run out of ideas and that he should pave way for someone else.
This follows the continued strike by teachers in public schools across the country; Members of Parliament are in the forefront urging President Peter Mutharika to drop Fabiano from his cabinet.
Apart from their arrears the teachers are also demanding salary increment.
They had given government up to the 30th of May to settle the arrears.
Some people are however suspicious of the meeting by the teachers on the salary increment issue, as it is coming before differences over the leave grants have been resolved.
They have vowed not to go back to class until they are given their dues.
Legislators in Parliament argue that the Minister has failed miserably to resolve the teachers’ sit-in, as well as the closure of the Chancellor College, which has seen it remained closed now for six months.
On occasions that the minister has been quizzed on the status if the university he has on numerous occasions insisted that just like Mutharika he is also not responsible for ironing out such issues.
Such responses have angered parents and guardians of the affected students and also commentators who are now branding the country’s education sector a failure.
The strike by the teachers has been causing havoc the past few days as students have resorted to demonstrating on the streets so to vent their frustrations.
On Tuesday and Wednesday pupils from public primary schools in chileka brought business to a standstill when the blocked roads and burnt tyres.
This became an inconvenience for travellers who were on their way to Chileka International Airport because the route the students took was that which leads to the airport.
According to law enforcers in the area, nine people were arrested for allegedly fuelling the chaos.
With all this unfolding, Fabiano is yet to react to the calls that are being made for him to step down.
It is however uncertain whether he will step down as similar calls were also been made in the past and by then, he did not heed to them.
Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe however told Parliamentarians in Lilongwe on Tuesday that the Treasury is doing all it can to pay the teachers.
He attributed delays in processing payments to procedures and systems.