Despite threats by the Government to dock the salaries of teachers who have not been reporting for duty, among other intimidatory tactics, most teachers have remain unfazed, ignoring the threats by their embattled employer.
Government statistics show that more than 75 percent of teachers have not been reporting for duty since schools opened at the end of September.
During this week’s post Cabinet media briefing, Information and Publicity and Broadcasting Services minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, revealed that the bulk of teachers have not been reporting for duty.
“Teacher attendance has remained below optimal level with the overall teacher attendance for the week standing at 30%, compared to 25.7% recorded last week,” Mutsvangwa said.
When schools started the phased re-opening in September, the country’s nine teacher unions met in Harare where they unanimously agreed that their members would go on strike, arguing that the average teacher salary of RTGS 3800 (US$30 equivalent) is too low for their members to survive on.
The teachers have been demanding that their salaries be restored to the October 2018 level of at least US$550, but the government has resisted the demand, citing poverty.