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Responses To The Suspension Of Striking Teachers Without Pay

Responses To The Suspension Of Striking Teachers Without Pay

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MOPSE) announced on Thursday that it has suspended, without pay, all officials within the Ministry who have not reported for duty since the opening of schools on the 7th of February.

MOPSE said the suspension is for a period of 3 months.

Teacher unions say the number of suspended teachers is around 135 000 which constitutes 90 per cent of all the teachers in the country.

In response to the development, Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC) national spokesperson, Advocate Fadzayi Mahere, it was not the workers’ fault that they could not report for duty. She said:

You don’t suspend an employee through a press statement. You have to indicate the nature of the charge they are facing. You cannot bully employees who are acting within the confines of the law. Is it a crime to be incapacitated? Do better.

A huge number of teachers has not been reporting for duty since Monday when schools reopened saying they are incapacitated despite the government increasing their salaries by 20 per cent and a further US$100.

They want the government to restore the US$540 salaries they were being paid until October 2018.

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) described the suspension as barbaric and urged parents to respond. Said PTUZ on Thursday:

We were very correct. This level of barbarism, deviousness and cruelty can only be exercised by people with no children in public schools, and therefore not at all affected by the decision to burn down the education house to spite teachers and parents. Parents should respond!!!!!

Some said intimidation will not work while some said government officials do not care about the effects of the move, which include the closure of some schools, since their children are in private schools or abroad.

Teachers have periodically embarked on industrial action over salaries in the past two years.

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10 Comments

Sir Ndhlumbi 3 months ago

TEACHERS LETS ALL NOT GO TO WORK & C IF THE FAILING GOVERNMENT CAN SUSPENDED US ALL. & IF IT DOES THAT, WELL AFTER ALL THE BIG EFFECTS OF THE STRIKE WILL STILL BE HEART FELT BECOZ WHO WILL TEACH THE LEARNERS. HEY, WE DESERVE TO STRIKE, THIS STRIKE IS JUSTIFIABLE EVEN PRIMARY SCHOOL LEARNERS KNOW THAT. SUSPENDING US IS A PURE SIGN OF DICTATORSHIP WHICH IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT THEY IS NO DEMOCRACY IN ZIMBABWE. BUT IF I REMEMBER VERY THUS WHAT THE WAR VETS FORGHT FOR


Top shayela 3 months ago

Vote CCC, u know what's better for you we need Change


3 months ago


Jatrofa 3 months ago

NHM

Zanu pf supporters is this what you voted for? yu voted for pple to harm u and everyone n our beloved Zim, war veterans lets be honest,is this why u went to war for,Zim is open for Chinese, lets vote for change yes real change CCC

Vote:CCC.


museven 3 months ago

nhaiwe V what are you saying?


Ndlovu Trevor 3 months ago

I as a student l support teachers for striking coz it's not fair to work for peanuts,

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mairosi 3 months ago

Parents let's join Teachers we can't Allow this shit government continue underpaying the Teachers and suppressing the future of our kids kamari kavakavedzera hakana zvakanoshanda
how can Zimbabwe be in the upper middle income level by 2030
Ivo vanhu vachitambiriswa nzungu
sure sure Zimbabwe nyika one diamond and gold yova poor zvekudaro here
it means kumusoro uku kune mapofu and greedy people ruling



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