In an interview with The Sunday Mail, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavima warned teachers against engaging in a strike saying that Government will not hesitate to dismiss them. He said his ministry will meet with teachers on Wednesday this week as part of an ongoing engagement process.
He said Government will not increase the teachers’ salaries because of the current financial situation. Said Mavima:
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The education sector is an essential service such as the health sector, and according to the country’s laws, it is illegal to withdraw a service in that sector. This is the message I will tell them when we meet on Wednesday because they cannot hold the whole nation at ransom. There are those who are saying schools will not open, engaging in an industrial action and forcing schools to close are two different things. It is illegal to forcibly close schools. As Government we are giving an express assurance that schools will open. Government will take appropriate disciplinary measures against those who will partake in the illegal industrial action.
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Paul Mavima is a Zimbabwean politician , academic and certified financial planner.He is currently the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and the Member of Parliament for Gokwe Sengwa Constituency. Read More About Paul Mavima