(Last Updated on November 9, 2020 by Editor)
HARARE – The Public Service Commission has written a letter to all Provincial Education Directors demanding that they submit names of all teachers that have not reported for duty as ordered by government.
This follows the declaration of incapacitation by teachers when the government ordered the phased re-opening of schools back in September.
“The Public Service Commission has requested details of teachers that have not reported for duty since the reopening of phase 1 classes on 28 September 2020 in the format prescribed in the template provided…”read part of the letter copied to all Provincial Education Directors.
The letter also added that,” In the view of the above, Provincial Education Directors are hereby directed to submit the details of teachers that have been absent from duty for the period 28 September to 6 November 2020 to the Head Office through their respective Human Resources Directors by the end of day, Wednesday 11 November for onward submission to the Public Service Commission.”
However, many teachers have not yet reported for duty since September 28, citing incapacitation as they made several demands.
One of the key demands was that the government should readjust their salaries to reflect the current economic realities and that their salaries be pegged to equivalent to US520 as was the case in 2017.
The negotiations between government and it’s workers have been at a stalemate for long now with the teachers at one point blasting these as “lacking seriousness.”
Recently Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Cain Mathema threatened that all teachers who are not reporting for duty will be terminated arguing that there are already teachers on standby awaiting to replace those defying government orders.