A union leader in Honduras says more than 40,000 teachers have returned to classes since the government declared their monthlong strike illegal last week.
Lorenzo Sanchez of the Union of Professional Teachers says the remaining 32,000 teachers may be back in schools by Tuesday.
Sanchez says teachers decided to begin a dialogue with the government over their claim that 6,000 teachers are owed unpaid salaries. The government insists salary payments are up to date.
Honduran President Porfirio Lobo said Monday that he has suspended 5,000 teachers for three months for not showing up to work and could suspend or fire more if they are not back in classes by Tuesday.
Lobo declared the strike illegal last week.