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Parents Applaud Govt For Suspending Absent Teachers


By Elizabeth Nyaguyo

Parents have commended the Primary and Secondary education ministry for its decision to suspend teachers who had not been reporting for duty since Monday and withhold their salary for three months.


On Thursday, the Ministry issued a statement to that effect.


This followed an ongoing strike by teachers since schools opened on Monday, with teachers demanding a salary hike.


Teachers unions rejected proposed benefits from Government which included a monthly Covid-19 allowance, the provision of transport for teachers and payment of fees for teachers’ children.


In turn some teachers stopped reporting for duty.
Parents who spoke to Sly Media News said the move taken by Government was welcome.



“I am excited about the announcement because it was a relief for me as after my children were going back to school after a long holiday the teachers decided to strike for no reason,” said one parent who identify herself as Mai Maka from Greendale.

Another parent said teachers deserved to spend more than three months without salary.


“I think teachers deserves a painful punishment for what they are doing they are not considering our children’s future these people deserve more than three months without salary,” Susan Mudzingwa said from Kambuzuma.


“I am happy to receive such news because this move is going to force teachers to report to work whether they like it or not.”



Roseline Sachiti from Warren Park said, “Finally my dream has come to reality because next week if this was going to continue, I was going to report the matter myself to the police to look into the issue for the future of our children.”


Tongoona Maromo said, “I am glad that my children are going back to school again despite what happened since they opened school because my kids are troublesome each time they are around.”


Parents said some Grade Seven teachers who were not reporting to work since the official opening of schools on Monday were demanding money for extra lessons which was taking place at their houses.


“I am excited because these teachers were taking advantage of the situation and they were demanded a huge sum of money for extra lessons,” said Nyengeterai Maphosa from Mabvuku.


“This move the Government has taken is a good idea because since Monday I have paid an amount of $10 for extra lessons to my child’s teacher.”


Memory Chada from Southlea Park said, “Teachers were sending messages to us threatening us that if the child is not coming for extra lessons that child is likely to fail, we were left with no option but to pay them.”

Robert Tapfumaneyi