President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government will not pay teachers who are failing to report for duty.
Speaking during a briefing in Mutare on Wednesday, the President said the government is very principled that it will not pay teachers that are staying at home.
“We will apply the principle that those who work will get paid. Those who are at home are not considered to be at work,” He said.
Since the opening of examination classes on the 28th of September, teachers have been on strike with teacher representatives demanding protective equipment against the covid-19 and a minimum salary of US$520 or the equivalent at the auction rate.
President Mnangagwa said teachers on strike will not move the government to do what teachers want.
“By failing to report for duty, they think they will push us to do what they want. No, we are very principled on that.”
On Wednesday, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema said an average of 29 percent of teachers had been reporting for duty countrywide, adding that those teachers could cope with the examination classes that are back in school.