Low turnout characterises schools opening

Zimbabwe

Munashe Mukahlera

Schools reopened today for the third term with both teacher and pupil turnout being low at many learning institutions.

Some teachers have not been reporting for duty since the first phase of schools opening in September, citing incapacitation.

With salary talks between civil servants and government yet to yield a breakthrough, some School Development Committees and Associations have resolved to levy parents in order to pay teachers. However, government says this is illegal.

Director of Communications and Advocacy at the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Taungana Ndoro, told ZTN that making parents pay more for teachers’ incentives is illegal.

“As for those schools that are considering to make parents pay extra for teachers’ incentives, the honourable Minister, Ambassador Cain Mathema, has reiterated that it is illegal for any school to do so and any school that continues to do that would be in violation of the law. As for the issue of masks, the government is on record for saying that it will provide the masks but obviously the learners would have to go and collect the masks at the school, while wearing a mask.”