A teacher from Zaka was forced to sleep in the open for six days as a school head refused to accept him saying his place had already been taken by someone.
TellZim News reported sources privy to the incident as saying Israel Dube processed his transfer from Machiva to Panganai Primary School earlier this year and was supposed to assume duty in June, but failed to do so because of the COVID-19 induced lockdown.
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Dube eventually managed to process the assumption of duty with the school deputy head but could not move in because schools were closed. Said a source:
He went and did the assumption of duty process with the school deputy head but he could not move to this school because of temporary school closure caused by the lockdown.
When he finally went to the school, the Head told him that there was no place for him saying it had already been filled by someone who had been referred from head office.
The School Head is alleged to have instructed other teachers not to house Dube and he was left stranded since he had no money to transport his belongings back to Machiva.
It is further claimed that the Dube was rescued by a delegation of district inspectors who had gone to the school for routine inspections
The Inspectors called Zaka District Schools Inspector (DSI) Samson Chidzurira who then asked them to pack his belongings in their car and accompany him back to Machiva his previous school.
However, Panganai Primary School Head Sylvia Mangezi refuted allegations that they denied him temporary accommodation saying he was offered one but he refused.
When contacted for comment by TellZim News, Zaka DSI Chidzurira said he was not aware that the teacher had been sleeping outside saying he only know that someone referred by the head office had occupied his place and they had to reverse the transfer. Said Chidzurira:
We had transferred him to that school because of some issues; however, his place was taken by someone who came from head office.
So when I learnt about the issue I had to send a car to take him back to Machiva and that is where he is now.