Teachers Attending Schools Are Enough – Minister Mathema

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema says teachers reporting for duty are enough since there are a few students in schools as only examination classes opened on September 28. 

Teachers’ unions have been claiming to be on strike since examination classes opened two weeks ago.

However, Minister Mathema said the strike has no impact since enough teachers for examination students are showing up at work.

“It is correct that a number of teachers are not at work. On average about 29 percent are going to work. Remember only examination classes are back at school and those teachers going to work suffice the job at hand. He said.

Teachers unions have been striking since schools opened on September 28 demanding Protective Equipment against the Covid- 19, better salaries (possibly in US dollars) and better working conditions.

Meanwhile, Minister Mathema said government have heard teachers concerns and assured parents and learners that examinations will go as scheduled.

“The teachers have their concerns and Government is addressing them. I want to assure learners and parents that exams will go on as scheduled. Learning will not be disrupted.

“The first phase has resumed classes safely and we are now preparing for the next phase as well as putting in place measures to protect those already at school,” said Minister Mathema.

Yeukai is a professional and experienced journalist, broadcaster & writer.

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