Teachers, Learners Snub Reopening of Schools in Rural Zimbabwe

Chaos characterised the reopening of schools for non-examination classes in rural Zimbabwe, with learners not turning up at most schools, possibly assuming that teachers heeded their unions' call for a nationwide strike. The Amalgamated Rural Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe said in a statement a high number of rural schools had failed to smoothly re-open as teachers threatened to confront the government over poor salaries. This has left most learners, who spent the better part of 2020 without attending class due to Covid-19, stranded. Teachers' unions say their members would not report for duty because they are financially incapacitated to travel to their various stations and pay their children's school fees. Earlier, teachers rejected the 75% salary increment offered to all civil servants, saying the adjustment was not a product of collective bargaining.

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