Government officials are expressing shock and disappointment over the decision by teachers at Luwani Refugee Camp in Neno to send back from school Mozambican refugee children.
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Francis Kasaila said government officials were on the ground to resolve the matter.
The teachers are demanding extra pay for teaching the child refugees and more teachers at the camp.
“We have already engaged the ministry of education on the matter. We are also engaging the UNHCR and other stake holders,” he said.
Kasaila said by refusing to teach the refugee children, the government is breaking some international protocols it signed.
Neno district commissioner Ali Phiri said his office, which has jurisdiction over the camp, said negotiations with the teachers is underway.
He said both political, civic and traditional leaders are taking part in the talks.
“It is against international law to deny a refugee child education,” said Phiri.
Some Mozambicans are running away from their country because of skirmishes between the ruling Frelimo and rebels Renamo.