Malawian teachers on Wednesday called upon the government to release their April salaries before imposing a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, local media reported.

“The minister of education must be aware that most teachers in Malawi are working far from their home of origin, and salaries received last month cannot take teachers through this lockdown period,” Nyasa Times news website quoted the Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) as saying.

Malawi’s Education Minister William Susuwele refused to comment, saying he was yet to receive the TUM statement.

Lockdown in the African country is set to begin on

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