GOVERNMENT has issued a directive to education authorities to immediately suspend and cut the salaries of all striking teachers with immediate effect.
The developments come shortly after teachers through their affiliate trade unions declared incapacitation.
In a circular directed to the Schools Heads, Provincial Education Directors and other high ranking administrative officers, Primary and Secondary Education permanent secretary, Tumisang Thabela ordered the disciplinary measures to be implemented immediately.
“It has come to the attention of the Permanent Secretary of the Primary and Secondary Education that some officials did not report for duty when schools opened on February 7 2022 as per the 2022 school calendar.
“This unwarranted conduct deprived learners of their right to education as enshrined in Section 75 and 81 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
“Accordingly, Heads of Offices should take urgent disciplinary action against any of the members who obstructed the opening of schools and deprived learners of their constitutions right.
“Where necessary heads of officers should charge and suspend such members at the school , district , provincial or national level and ensure that all processes are followed as per Public Service Regulations 2000 as amended,” she said.
Provincial Education Directors were directed to provide daily update on progress in handling disciplinary cases in their respective provinces. Officials are reminded of the principle of “no work, no pay” shall apply where members failed to render services.