Teachers who went on strike when schools opened for the 2022 first term on 7 February will not take part in the 2022 National Household and Population Census between 7 April and 30 April 2022.
In a memorandum to all Provincial Education Directors (PEDs) dated 8 March 2022, the Chief Director HR at the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, L Tagara, said the Government has resolved that teachers who failed to report for duty when schools reopened are ineligible to take part in the census. Part of the memo read:
Please be advised that the Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (ZIMSTATS) requires the services of teachers to conduct the 2022 National Household and Population Census between 7 April and 30 April 2022.
Provincial Education Directors are hereby directed to facilitate the smooth release of staff to join take part in the national census.
Provincial Education Directors are required to take note of selection criteria for selecting teachers that take part in the national census.
Government has directed that only those teachers that have been consistently attending to their duties since the opening of schools in February 2022 shall be considered for census duties.
Those teachers that took part in the industrial action witnessed in the first two weeks of the term shall be ineligible for selection for census duties.
Kindly ensure that this instruction is widely communicated to all your structures in the province and that is adhered to during the selection.