Public schools teachers on Monday, the first day of the academic calendar, rebuffed calls from their divided union to hold a sit in as the strike floppwd in many parts of the country.
Many schools were open with learners and students both in primary and secondary schools listening attentively to their teachers.
Teachers interviewed Nyasa Times said they did not hear calls for the sit in.
Some of them said the Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) did not follow the right procedure before calling for the sit in.
President of TUM Chauluka Muwake said all teachers must down tools to force the government pay some salary arrears for some teachers who were promoted last year but are yet to get their new salary as the government insists there is no money.
But TUM secretary general Denis Kambalame says talks are ongoing on the matter therefore there was no need for a sit in.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :