Deputy Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Edgar Moyo on Friday said Government is aware of the challenges being faced by teachers and is working to improve their welfare.
Moyo made the remarks while addressing delegates during commemorations of the World Teachers’ Day. He said:
Government is aware of the challenges that teachers are facing and is working hard to improve teacher welfare issues.
We need to think beyond the COVID-19 and work to build greater resilience on our education system so we can respond quickly and effectively to these and other crises.
This means protecting education financing, investing in high-quality teacher workforce as well as improving the welfare of the teachers.
Early this week, Education Minister Cain Mathema denied that there was chaos in schools, saying as far as Government was concerned, teachers were reporting for duty.
Meanwhile, Government deferred a National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) meeting to discuss the welfare of civil servants to Monday.
Public Service Commission (PSC) secretary Jonathan Wutawunashe said in a statement on Friday:
The meeting was meant to finalise issues a cost of living adjustment [COLA] for the last quarter of the year.
Following a request from the workers to postpone the initially agreed meeting, both parties decided to reschedule the meeting to Monday the 2nd November 2020.