The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Cain Mathema has seemingly threatened teachers planning to go on a strike when schools reopen next week and said they will be deploying new recruits to stations where teachers do not report for duty, ZBC News reports.
In a statement in which he was announcing that the government will be recruiting 3000 new teachers Mathema said:
When schools have reopened we will be assessing those not reporting for duty to guide our deployment of those we are employing. There is a time frame for absenteeism and if we exceed that it means probably they will not be coming. But like I said we are still going to employ 3 000 soon and the assessment process will only assists us in terms of deployment of teachers,
This was after teachers told the government that they might not be able to report for duty because they are incapacitated. Civil servants are reportedly also planning a full-blown strike as they all cite incapacitation.
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