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A Chaotic Schools Opening Week

Saturday 18 January 2020

The first week of 2020 schools term one was marred with chaos in schools. We saw more than 65 000 unionised and unUnionised teachers failing to report for duty after the government failed to heed their calls for a living wage.

Teachers shot down the government’s 97% offer and the cushioning allowances citing the two as mockery and bribery, since the adjustments cannot afford to fully cater for their basic needs. Teachers demand their salaries they used to earn in September 2018 via the prevailing united states dollars interbank indexed rate.

Professor Mthuli Ncube’s declaration of no pay rise for civil servants and teachers triggered more labour withdrawals in the schools opening week. No learning took place in schools in the first four days of a new school term.

We realized a rapid increase in cases of victimization of incapacitated teachers by school administrators. We urge school authorities to respect the workers’ rights.

The last two days of the schools opening week, was expected to put smiles on teachers faces, but however, it was the usual songs of sorrow by the educators. Both the monthly peanut salary and cushion bribe was devoured by transport fares, triggered by a rise in fuel prices the same week.

Teachers are still incapacitated to report for duty in the second schools opening week. The government should quickly prioritize the education sector for schools operations to return to normalcy.

Compiled by Nation Mudzitirwa ARTUZ NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON. +263775438618/776129336/775643192

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