Teachers through their various unions have urged the government to open bars and churches first to test the contagious effect of gatherings of 50+ people before opening schools.

This was revealed in a joint statement released by the teachers union in which the teachers show their disapproval of the government imposing e-learning and reopening schools when the COVID-19 threat is still not contained.

ZimTrending learnt from the standard that teachers reportedly said e-learning will disadvantage the majority of the leaners who cant access e-learning facilities.

PTUZ’s statement on the reopening of schools said:

We will challenge the decision to impose online learning on all pupils as this will clearly disadvantage 70-80% of primary and secondary school children. They have no gadgets, no power, no data. We can’t celebrate modernity when we have not invested in it.

ARTUZ also said:

Government’s hurried schools opening programme is inspired by the pursuit of elite interests. They don’t care much about our public schools; they are supporting business as usual.

Our public schools have no capacity to open under the obtaining environment. The poor will be left behind.

The government has proposed a 5 phased school reopening schedule they are yet to implement.

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