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