Police in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe have used teargas to disperse school pupils who blocked roads in the country causing major traffic as they staged protests to force schools to reopen.
The government had ordered the reopening of schools which were closed six weeks ago after a sharp rise in Covid-19 deaths and infections, but teachers have defied the order, demanding to be paid a risk allowance which the government said it was unable to meet.
Eyewitnesses stated that pupils wore their school uniforms and took to the streets in other parts of the country as well. They used rocks and tree branches to block roads, prompting police to use force to disperse them.
Recall that negotiations between the government and teachers’ representatives ended without an agreement last week.
However, the president of the Teachers Union of Malawi stated that the government had called for negotiations to resume on Tuesday.