Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mr Nick Mangwana said teachers turnout in schools yesterday proved that some teachers unions have activists who are not representing the interests of teachers but rather pushing for their political ideologies.
On his twitter handle, the Zanu PF member reiterated that the number of teachers who reported for duty yesterday proved that some of the teachers Unions have different agendas which are not meant for the incapacitation of teachers but rather are politically motivated.
“Teacher turnout in schools yesterday proved that certain unions comprise of a few activists and do not represent the interests of teachers. We are all products of the noble teaching profession and applaud those who push learners’ future ahead of their narrow political interests.” He said.
However Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), president Obert Masaraure claimed that over 90% of teachers had heeded the strike call yesterday for not reporting for duty.
“We have embarked on a nationwide protest under the banner #Save Our Education. We are demanding that government resolves the incapacitation of teachers as our salaries should be restored to pre-October 2018 levels, where we were earning salaries ranging between US$520 and US$550,” he said.
Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said they support Artuz and what they are calling for is a clear constructive dialogue between government and teachers as soon as possible.
“We want to believe that there is something positive that can be born if we put our heads together. Let us dialogue and possibly agree on a solution.” He said.
Teachers unions are advocating for the government to restore their salaries to the pre October 2018 levels.