SENIOR STAFF WRITER
“The coronavirus is not only in Zimbabwe, it’s a new ailment all over the world. We will work according to what is on the ground as days go by, so we do the best we can.“Who knows, we might have to close schools again because of how serious it (coronavirus) will have become. So, we will work according to what is on the ground and in terms of the PPE, you can rest assured that the government will avail. Closing schools is not something new, we have already done it before so if the situation changes, we will close them,” Mathema said.
“But for any nation to get a perfect situation when the virus is completely eradicated may mean that we wait forever. Research has shown that the longer learners stay out of school, the more the chances that a significant number will lose what they have gained.
“Most teachers have not reported to work as we expected. The issue has to do with salaries and that responsibility belongs to the ministry of Labour.“That does not mean that my ministry or the government is not aware that teachers are in need of better remuneration and working conditions. The government, ministry of Labour and the Public Service Commission are currently engaging teachers’ unions over this matter.“As for the 20 000 teachers that I have mentioned here, I — as the minister — have to make sure I find ways and means to make sure that teachers go to school. This is not only the norm in the education sector, students have to continue going to school,” Mathema said.
“Teachers and learners were made to congregate without ascertaining if they were Covid-19-free,” read the statement.