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.