Teachers threaten strike action – NewZimbabwe.com

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TEACHERS ‘unions have warned that they will not show up for work when schools open for the first term, unless the government improves their conditions of service.

Teachers demand, among other things, salaries in US dollars.

Primary and Secondary Education Ministry spokesman Taungana Ndoro told NewsDay on Monday that schools would open on January 10, unless there is a change.

Examinations will resume on January 4 for learners who had not finished when schools closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

But teachers’ unions have said they are not ready to return to work until their demands are met.

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union President Obert Masaraure said a collaborative approach was needed to restore service delivery to schools.

“Pay teachers’ salaries in US dollars, fully fund basic education as prescribed in article 75 of the constitution…”, said Masaraure.

“If the above issues are not resolved, 2022 will be another lost year for education. Reopening schools on January 10, 2022 is impossible if the government does not play ball.

Zimbabwe National Teachers Union (Zinatu) president Manuel Nyawo echoed Masaraure’s sentiments, saying the economy has long been dollarized.

“As Zinatu it is important that we demand our January salaries before the schools open to allow us to make the necessary preparations before we can return to work and come on January pay day, we should get the top up. negotiated for January wages, ”Nyawo said.

“This is what will make us survive because without this arrangement the teachers will not be able to return to work. “

Takavafira Zhou, president of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, said teachers were too unable to return to work.

“With schools raising tuition fees by more than 350% and teachers’ salaries barely $ 24,000, there is no way for teachers to stand up for duty to teach other children. people when their own children cannot afford to pay school fees in most schools, ”Zhou mentioned.

The government has repeatedly stated that it does not have the capacity to pay teachers in US dollars.


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