Teachers who are reporting for work only three days out of five per week will be asked to give reasons for their absenteeism, a government official has said.
This follows reports that for the past week teachers at schools among them St Christopher’s and Jahunda Primary Schools in Gwanda town have been coming to work only three days per week.
As a result, parents are not sure whether to allow their children to go to school every day as there hasn’t been official communication from authorities.
But speaking in an interview with State media on Saturday, director of communications and advocacy in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Taungana Ndoro said teachers should report for duty every weekday. Said Ndoro:
We have instituted attendance registers on this one (absenteeism of teachers) meaning we have attendance registers in place and obviously one who does not report for duty will in future be asked to show cause as to why they did not report for duty.
Teachers must attend school daily as there is no Government directive to the contrary.
While some grades attend classes on certain days to ensure social distancing in schools, examination writing classes are required to attend school daily.
This is being done so that they catch up on lost time due to the closure of schools for the better part of the first term.