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ZRTU Implores Teachers To Report For Duty When Schools Open

ZRTU Implores Teachers To Report For Duty When Schools Open

The Zimbabwe Rural Teachers’ Union (ZRTU) says teachers are ready to resume work but the Government should provide PPE to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in schools.

Speaking in an interview with The Manica Post, ZRTU president, Martin Chaburumbunda, said:

The ministry must ensure the presence of enough masks, sanitisers and washing points in all schools for learners, teachers and ancillary staff. All schools must have efficient ways to screen students and staff.

They should also be able to act with speed when COVID-19 cases are detected. Such facilities must be at each school, especially in the remote parts of the nation.

Chamburumunda urged teachers to report for duty while they engage in dialogue with the Government over their remuneration. Said Chamburumunda:

Inflation has eroded teachers’ earnings such that they can hardly afford basics like groceries, transport, school fees and clothing.

These are genuine grievances and we implore the employer to critically look into these issues and adjust teachers’ salaries in tandem with the prevailing economic situation.

Our members and their children are going to school on Tuesday and the pressures are being felt even more at this juncture, hence our appeal to the employer to explore means to cushion teachers as they discharge their mandate.

National Association of Secondary Heads (NASH) president, Arthur Maphosa said:

Our only concern at the moment is that we are approaching winter. This means schools need to double their precautionary measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Apart from that, we are very ready to reopen and do not foresee any major problems.

Schools still require assistance from Government and its partners to put in place preventative and detective measures for COVID-19.

There is also an outbreak of a cold, so schools need expert assistance to be able to differentiate between COVID-19 and the common cold.

… If a strike happens, then it will be unfortunate because it will certainly disrupt learning and affect innocent learners who should be catching up.

There should be a way of finding each others between the employer and the unions to avoid this from happening. That is the best solution.

Last term the Government offered teachers a 20 per cent pay increase backdated to 1 January, a total of US$175.

However, teacher representatives are calling for a minimum salary of US$520 or the equivalent in Zimbabwe dollars at the auction rate.

More: The Manica Post

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9 Comments

Kanda 2 months ago

choosing a career that makes you work first preference for the government in the country at the present moment I don't think it's worth it anymore I have a relative of mine who wanted to take this kuturika makumbo padesk type of job ane A level yake good passes I just advised her not to waste her time and resources Zimbabwe yavakuda a trade iri practical that you can employ yourself akazoita hameno clothing design and technology at Higher National Diploma level arikunditenda sei for the advice she's making big money right now asati apedza chikoro what more apedza I advise vasati vawana nzvimbo dzeteaching , nursing whatever rethink musati machembera tumababie twakuita even bricklaying, boilermakers, auto electrics,motor mechanic and the like vhurai brain regai vasare that old government and their old workers asingade kuenda kupension you find munhu ane more than 60 years angori pabasa in south Africa @ 59 vanenge vatokupa Mari yako you turn 60 uchivaka kumusha


gwdza 2 months ago

chamburumunda watouraya union. urikugutisa. varikukudirirazve


Chief Nemauyu 2 months ago

ZRTU and NASH leaders' clamour about covid 19 protocols when schools open for the second term clearly shows that the restoration of teachers salaries is blocked by the same people who purport to represent them . sometimes you wonder how these buffoons got into leadership positions.


teacher 2 months ago

they negitiate for salaries in RTGS they come to us and say boycote the normal lessons ,the employer is refusing to pay us a living wage in usd

PSC 2 months ago

Munhu anonzi teacher atambura wena. Munenge matatarisa kupi kana muchi chooser ma professions!!!


Nero @wangu 2 months ago

uzvibate unoti kuita gweja ndobasa urilodger zvose nenjere

Advocate 2 months ago

muchenjere kufa muri marombe aticha hmmm


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aaaa 2 months ago

iiiii pakaip dira rizare🥃🍾


mutadza 2 months ago

the rural teachers union leader needs a farm in appreaction



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