Some teachers in Zimbabwe’s public schools did not turn up for work today while those who turned up were on ‘go-slow’.
The two biggest teachers’ organisations in the country, the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) and the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) issued a joint statement last Thursday calling on their members to embark on industrial action.
Reuters reports that at a certain primary school in Mbare, Harare, a school teacher was seen eating from her lunch box in the morning while pupils sat quietly in the classroom.
ZIMTA president Richard Gundane told Reuters that there were some teachers in the classroom but there was no meaningful learning taking place.
Some teachers have gone to their respective school for fear of reprisals. The brutal crackdown on protestors when soldiers moved around beating up people is still fresh in the minds of many.
Teachers rejected a ‘paltry’ government salary hike of 10 per cent which teachers were to get from April.
The country is estimated to have about 100 000 teachers in its public schools.