Teachers have called upon the government to close schools for non examination classes arguing that safety measures against the Covid -19 are not being practiced in schools.
The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) in a statement said according to their research there is only 30% compliance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) against the corona virus in schools making schools more vulnerable to the virus.
“We are conducting an evaluation of schools’ compliance to government SOPs in the face of COVID19. Results are pointing to a disaster. National average is at 30% compliance. Our schools are ideal homes for mass transmission of Corona Virus.” They said.
Teachers have been at loggerheads with the government ever since schools opened in September, demanding among other things a salary increase of US$520.
Most kids in public schools are being sent back home everyday with teachers refusing to conduct lessons.
Teachers are therefore recommending among other suggestions the postponement of November 2020 public examinations to 2021 so as to curb the continued spread of corona virus.
Below are recommendations from ARTUZ to the government: