Education authorities in Manicaland Province have tightened the screws on “incapacitated” teachers by directing District Schools Inspectors (DSIs) to check the teachers’ attendance so that those not reporting for duty will not be paid.
Manicaland Provincial Education Director (PED), Edward Shumba told The Manica Post on Wednesday that the “no-work no-pay principle” will be invoked on all the teachers who have not been coming to work since the opening of schools. Said Shumba:
… we have a few teachers who have not turned up for various reasons, and we will verify their whereabouts by the end of the week because I have not been given valid reasons why they are not at work.
The position is very clear— everybody has a legal right to embark on industrial action, but we also have a right as a ministry to ensure that learning is not disrupted.
This is the second week of opening and if they are absent for 14 days, we will cease their salaries. Those who go beyond 30 days will be summarily discharged.
Those who are absent will be asked to explain where they have been upon their return. We will establish if the given reasons are valid.
The days they have been absent will have to be explained and justified, otherwise, they will be charged for absence from work.
We can only take serious action where an individual was absent for more than 14 days. We will cease that individual’s salary.
Some teachers in the province have not reported for duty, demanding stronger safety requirements against COVID-19 and better salaries.
The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Tumisang Thabela, on Tuesday said teachers who say they don’t have money for bus fare to travel to work should borrow.