Written by PIUS NYONDO
MZUZU--Teachers didn't have any role in pupils demonstrating during their strike for better pay two weeks ago, Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) president Chauluka Muake has said.
Muake told Malawi's Capital Radio that when teachers were told to go on strike, they [TUM] instructed teachers to go to their work places and simply not work.
"In that scenario, children can do anything which they want. What I'm saying is that children were only claiming their right and nothing else," said Muake adding that the pupils decided to march on their own.
But Eye of the Child, on the same programme, condemned teachers' failure to control the pupils.
"Teachers didn't help matters. If they had consciousness of protecting and ensuring that the children are safe as entrusted by parents, the best way was for them to instruct the children to go back home for their own safety," observed Eye of the Child executive director Maxwell Matewere.
Police believe there were adults involved and are said to be probing the issue.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013