Teachers who work in government schools have started their stay away strike.

A visit to some schools in Blantyre found students playing as teachers were not present.

In an interview with some of the teachers whilst at home they said will not go back to work until government bows down to their demands.

The teachers say government has taken them for granted for too long as such will no longer allow it.

Meanwhile, Teachers Union of Malawi TUM says is meeting ministry of education officials to map the way forward.

However, TUM president Willy Malimba said “We are disappointed with the president for not mentioning anything to do with teacher’s grievances though he knew the issue.”

Malimba said only government has the power to stop the stay away by granting the teachers what they need