The government has accused some teachers’ unions of pursuing a political agenda to destabilise the education sector, by claiming that their members are incapacitated to report for duty.
Primary and Secondary Education minister Paul Mavima told NewsDay that some of the unions never appreciate the government’s efforts to improve their remuneration. He said:
Government is very sincere in terms of improving remuneration of teachers.
However, the problem is that some unions are now pushing a political agenda.
Every time we have come up with an offer to increase salaries, they have never appreciated. They continue to reject the offers.
We have some unions with only 98 members who are speaking against the government.
However, some unions like Zimta [Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association], who have 60 000 members, are co-operating with us.
Right now as we speak, an arrangement with Zimsec [Zimbabwe School Examination Council] has already been made for examinations to be conducted and teachers will be paid.
The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) and Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) are considered militant and have classed with authorities several times.