Teachers and parents have continued to defy a ban on holidays lessons by the government as classrooms have mushroomed in beer halls, churches, houses and private colleges.
The government banned holiday lessons as a measure to halt the spread of the coronavirus but parents and guardians argue that the lessons will improve their children’s understanding of key concepts.
Some parents in Mutare, Rusape, Chipinge, Buhera and Nyanga are even offering space in their homes for the tutors.
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Meanwhile, Manicaland Provincial Education Director, Edward Shumba said the practice is illegal. Said Shumba:
It is not okay for people to meet in their houses to conduct lessons. It is unfortunate we have no authority over what happens in people’s houses.
However, if holiday lessons are being conducted in schools and private colleges registered under the ministry, these cases should be reported to the ministry for action to be taken.
If people are meeting at homes or privately owned properties for the purpose of delivering lessons, they can be reported to the police.
Shumba said all school heads and teachers in Manicaland are aware that conducting holiday lessons is illegal and those defying lockdown regulations can be reported to the police. He said:
They are aware of it and we have effectively enforced the ban at all schools. Teachers conducting lessons at home are breaking the lockdown regulations and can be reported to the police.
They are doing it at their own peril and if they get arrested, they will be charged for bringing the name of the ministry into disrepute.
Zimbabwean teachers are some of the most underpaid government employees as they earn far much less than soldiers, police officers and prison guards.