Various teachers’ unions have expressed dissatisfaction with their lot and have gone as far as threatening to embark an on-go slow ahead of the second school term which opens on Tuesday this week.
Teachers have cited poor salaries, which have been decimated by galloping inflation.
In an interview with Newsday on Sunday, Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary-general, Raymond Majongwe, said:
No person will ever lead a war without counting whether his soldiers are in the barracks or not. So, we are simply going back to school to make sure that we create a strategy that must take us forward.
Our salaries have just gone below US$80 and we are talking of people here who are degreed.
People have families to take care of, but it seems the government seems to be insensitive or they are busy looking somewhere else.
The painful part is we have patriotic teachers who want to turn up for duty, but it is almost impossible we are going back to exactly where the circle started.
Teachers are incapacitated.
Both the Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe president, Obert Masaraure, and Zimbabwe Teachers Association chief executive officer, Sifiso Ndlovu, have accused the government of failing to fulfil its promises, especially the issue of duty-free cars.