Zimbabwe: teachers threaten strike action – allAfrica.com
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 required by article 75 of the constitution …” Masaraure said.
“If the above issues are not addressed, 2022 will be another wasted year for education. The opening of 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 schools open to allow us to make the necessary preparations before we can return to work and on January pay day we should get the negotiated top up. for January wages, âNyawo said.
“This is what will make us survive because without this arrangement in place, 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 fees by over 350% and teacher salaries barely $ 24,000, there is no way teachers can stand up for duty to teach other people’s children when their own children cannot afford to pay the fees in most schools, âZhou said.
The government has repeatedly stated that it does not have the capacity to pay teachers in US dollars.