The Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Paul Mavhima has called upon teachers to give the on-going national joint negotiations a chance and desist from going on industrial action.
The call comes after the main teachers’ union in the country, the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) indicated over the weekend that its members would not be able to report for duty due to incapacitation. Sifiso Ndlovu, Zimta’s chief executive officer said:
This incapacitation did not begin today but was first announced on the 17th of December last year. Zimta declared incapacitation and this has remained up to today… What we have today is not a Zimta strike, it is nothing less than the incapacitation of teachers.
Mavhima told the Daily News that teachers should not disadvantage the pupil. Said Mavhima:
Let’s not disadvantage the children, the government has shown an interest to revise the offer… They should participate in the negotiations through the Apex Council; government and the unions will soon find each other. We cannot affect the education of the children; they are the future of the country.