#ZIMSHUTDOWN: Teachers 'Forced' To Report To Duty

#ZIMSHUTDOWN: Teachers 'Forced' To Report To Duty
Published: 2016 July 13 07:14:53 (1988 Views)
THE government has threatened to deal with school authorities who would partake in the second episode of #ZimShutDown stay way scheduled for today and tomorrow. 
Primary and Secondary Education Deputy Minister, Professor Paul Mavhima said it is illegal for schools to send circulars prohibiting children from coming to school as the setting up of the school calendar is the sole prerogative of the permanent secretary adding that school heads found guilty of the charge will be dragged to disciplinary hearings.
Deputy Minister Mavhima said the school calendar was in full swing, and children were in the middle of writing mid-year examinations, and any disturbances will be dealt with accordingly.
The warning comes amid reports that some school authorities yesterday sent notices to parents informing them that there would be industrial action against Government today.
“If there is any headmaster who has sent notices, be it verbal or formal, that head is acting illegally. The industrial action you are referring to is illegal and a chargeable offence as there is no headmaster who has authority to stop children from coming to school,” said Prof Mavhima.
“It is a chargeable offence because they are infringing on the rights of the learners. If we get such information, a disciplinary committee will sit and decide on the punishment upon verifying the facts.”

With regards to Trust and private schools sending pupils away, Prof Mavhima said today was not a public holiday, and any action taken against the school calendar will be deemed "politically motivated”.


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