Teachers Union of Malawi TUM has called off the national wide stay away strike aimed at forcing government to give the allowances to buy personal protective equipment.

The development comes as government and TUM officials were on Monday at industrial relations court in Lilongwe where the latter sought an intra party hearing on the legality of the teachers stay away.

Speaking to Radio Islam, TUM President Willy Malimba confirmed that “the stay away strike has been called off paving way for discussions that were halted between the two parties last week.”

Malimba therefore called all teachers to go back to work on Tuesday while TUM officials continue to engage government on the matter.

The teachers stay away strike entered a second week and this has greatly affected learners in public schools.