Teachers are reportedly planning to boycott the ZIMSEC June exams invigilation expected to start next week because of poor working conditions.
While addressing the issue of invigilating exams, PTUZ president Takavafira Zhou said:
The issue of invigilating June exams is before the courts where both ZimSec and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education had promised to put testing kits, thermometers, sanitizers, PPEs in schools by the 26th of June.
They also promised that they would have cleaned and disinfected schools currently used as quarantine centers by then. Surprisingly, the ministry and Zimsec have been belting and bellowing instructions to school heads to scavenge for Covid-19 abatement requirements at a zero budget, an impossible feat indeed.
Zhou also urged teachers to wait for official communication from them as the matter is still before the court and not listen to schools heads of education officers:
We can’t fast track our demise by dining with death and being reckless with our health, safety, and welfare. All teachers in Zimbabwe must forthwith disregard unlawful instructions from some school heads threatening teachers with unspecified action should therefore not report for invigilation.
Teachers are duly advised to resist all unlawful instructions from school heads, DSIs, PEDs, and head office. We have nothing to fear.
Ordinary and Advanced level examinations are poised to start next week despite leaners having last been in school on 24 March 2020.