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Disciplinary Hearings For 'Incapacitated' Teachers Start

Disciplinary Hearings For 'Incapacitated' Teachers Start

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has commenced disciplinary hearings for teachers and school heads who failed to report for duty when schools opened for the 2022 first term on 7 February citing incapacitation.

The Ministry has ordered all provincial education directors (PEDs) to charge teachers who had not reported for duty since the start of the term. Part of a circular sent to PEDs read:

Please take appropriate action against the members. This means that investigations should commence and where necessary misconduct charges be preferred against the members.

Provinces should conduct disciplinary actions as quickly as possible to avoid a situation where suspension orders lapse before the completion of disciplinary processes.

The circular further stated that the Zimbabwe National Association of School Heads (NASH) ignored the order by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education permanent secretary Tumisang Thabela who had directed them to submit names of teachers who had not reported for duty.

Speaking in an interview with State media, Primary and Secondary Education Ministry’s communication and advocacy director Taungana Ndoro said the disciplinary action is aimed at bringing back sanity to the education sector. Said Ndoro:

This is the remedial action that we have always been talking about; that when an employee or worker conducts themselves in a certain manner the intention behind will be investigated.

So, we will be investigating members who did not report for duty and this will be on a case-by-case basis.

Every individual will have to state their individual circumstances as to why they were not on duty.

This is the procedure anywhere in the world where you become answerable individually on your own alleged cases of misconduct.

Obviously, if there are others who did not report for duty without good cause they may have to face some penalties. That is what the circular is actually saying.

Ndoro added that disciplinary action against absconding teachers will ensure that they will desist from such conduct in future. He said:

There might be those with valid reasons, they may be exonerated. And there are those who probably were just staying away and this is in the public domain.

We want to continue to provide quality education for our learners and also to reinstate public confidence for parents and stakeholders alike about our education delivery system.

Because if we do not take action, it is as if that may happen in subsequent terms without any action being done.

These actions are there to show that going forward we do not expect anyone not to report for duty for reasons that are not valid enough.

More: Chronicle


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15 Comments

Tyn 2 months ago

Ndoro uyu akuuraya musangano wedu.Do you think those suspended teachers and their families will vote for the suspender?We are luzing ground.There has to be a way of solving teachers grievances.


Dee Kays 2 months ago

We are not afraid. Let them suspend us. But what I know is that we will continue to stay away from work if we are incapacited. Ndoro Ari kuzvinyepera kuti suspensions will make us not go on industrial action in future.He will be shocked soon. Until they give us what is due to us, it will be No pay No Work again.


Makelanwi 2 months ago

Waste of valuable time as well as resources.These the so called disciplinary hearings do not resolve the underlying issue of slave wages currently prevailing in this oppressive New Deception.


Ginious 2 months ago

Ya,they will regret it later.


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Vybz Kartel 2 months ago

The impending disciplinary hearings are a waste of time and resources because the striking teachers have already stated their reasons / grievances for not reporting for duty - INCAPACITATION. Even "creatures" and UFOs from another planet are well-versed with the stated grievances faced by our teachers today. In my view, instead of conducting individual disciplinary hearings, the relevant authorities should be investing their time and effort on addressing the teachers' grievances.


Alkaline 2 months ago

Mazotaurawo zvine musoro baba for the first time.

. 2 months ago

Apo Teacher ndiye mutangidzi wazvose


Noma 2 months ago

Kkkkkkkk haa ma 1
@The King of Serpents

The King of Serpents 2 months ago

I would rather die than include ZANU pf in my prayers

𝔼𝕣𝕚𝕔 2 months ago

According to zanu pf , everytthing starts wth zanu pf.

Very soon we gonna include zanu pf in our national anthem , prayers and even greetings

USD600 2 months ago


Ghetto Yut 2 months ago

Stop treating teachers like school children


Kkkk 2 months ago

How do they expect them to go to work on a salary that is eroded by inflation before it comes? Many goods and services were increased by more than 1000% since the last increment then the gvt awards just 20%.


factos 2 months ago

ok treat teachers like dogs and regret ltr

high posts run by dandaheads


Mambo 2 months ago

Taungana Ndoro is out of touch wth the Ministry of Education he seems to spite and hate teachers a lot why charge teachers who where incapacitated i thot by getting back to schools gvt wld let this issue subside bt it seems they wld want to punish pple getting peanuts for asking for something meaningful...



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