Students bare brunt of teachers strike

School deserted

Students in Blantyre are loitering around as teachers have made good of their word not to teach until government gives them risk allowances.

Spot checks found CI, Chirimba primary completely deserted.

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Ghost land

At Namiwawa primary and secondary, students were playing; others were listening to trap music from bluetooth speakers.

Namiwawa
Nothing to do but loiter

A numbers of students we spoke to said they were told to go back home as there would be no learning.

Some explained sticking by the premises was because they are tied down at home by numerous chores.

"The holiday has been too much. At least we are back here so we will just be playing until we get tired. Tomorrow we will also come," she said.

Playtime
Students playing to pass time

One girl told this publication that very few teachers showed up and were not interested in any work. 

At Henry Henderson Institute (HHI) Kulinji.com found boarding students arriving.

The students were outside waiting to be processed.

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Boarding students arriving at HHI

Some of them expressed disappointment with the situation but were ultimately excited to be back at school.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Education says it is has written Presidential taskforce on COVID-19 to address the situation.