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Schools chaos persists as govt suspends thousands teachers for three months

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Government has issued a blanket three-month suspension without pay, on all striking Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education employees who have ignored the call by authorities to go to work.

Education minister Evelyn Ndlovu decreed the order in a ministry statement Thursday.

The order affects almost entirely, the country’s teaching workforce that has refused to go to work since schools opening Monday citing poor wages and working conditions under the Zanu PF led administration.

The country’s restive teaching staff has further turned down as meagre, a recent government increment and offer to pay fees for their children.

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However, in latest signs the labour-based crisis was not going away yet, government took the drastic decision to decree suspensions on its workers.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education would like to inform the nation and its valued stakeholders that all officials within the Ministry who absented themselves from duty since the official opening of schools on 7 February 2022 have been suspended without pay forthwith, for a period of three months,” said the minister.

In a twit Thursday, Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary general Raymond Majongwe said almost the entire teaching workforce will be affected by the suspension.

“135 000 of the 150 000 teachers have been suspended by gvt. We know only 10 % of the teaching force were turning up for duty. Effectively schools have closed again. Sad parents had paid huge amounts for fees,” Majongwe said.

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Zimbabwean teachers, the most vocal of a giant government workforce, are demanding a return to their minimum wages of US$540 which they used to get prior to the instalment of the current Emmerson Mnangagwa led regime.

Government insists the national purse cannot meet the demands.

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