Teachers return to work

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    Teachers across the country are returning to the classrooms following suspension of an industrial action they were taking.

    Speaking at a press briefing in Lilongwe, Teachers Union of Malawi second vice president Rehema Haridi, said they have suspended the sit-in following commitments which were made by President Lazarus Chakwera during their meeting on Tuesday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

    According to Haridi, one of the commitment which the president made was improving living standards of teachers across the country.

    Teachers started absconding duties on the day schools were reopened, 22nd February, in protest against risk allowance drought. During the strike period, students from public schools were not learning.

    The industrial action has been suspended despite government’s failure to meet their demands. According to the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, giving the teachers risk allowances has potential to create monetary and budgetary problems.