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Teachers continue with their no show approach as they demand a better pay

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Teachers continue with their no show approach as they demand better pay. According to the Ministry of Education’s Strategic Planning and Programme Management for Makonde District, gleaned by H-Metro, teachers from the 10 schools in Chinhoyi did not attend to conduct lessons.

Teachers in schools around Chinhoyi have not been teaching since the reopening of schools, H-Metro has established. Three examination classes, Grade Seven, Form Four and Upper Sixth- resumed after almost six months at home due to the Coronavirus.

At Sinoia Primary School, of the 31 authorised teacher establishment, only nine came to work but they did not conduct lessons. About 145 children were expected to be in attendance, but only 129 managed to come to school.

Chinhoyi High school was the only school that saw about 42 teachers attending classes out of a possible 50, while 323 students attended from a possible 372. It is the only school that had teachers attending to students. Chinhoyi 2 high school, had the worst record from the two high schools in Chinhoyi.

Out of the 90 expected teachers, only 33 attended but did not conduct any lessons, while 670 children out of an expected 851 came to school.

Chinhoyi primary school faired dismally as only two teachers out of a maximum 62 attended but did not teach the 206 pupils out of an expected 302. Council-run primary schools, Chaedza, Mhanyame and Ruvimbo were also affected by the low turnout of the teachers.

At Chaedza, only one out of 34 teachers came but no teaching was done to the 160 students out of a possible 180, while Mhanyame had only two teachers from an expected 17, with 145 children coming to school out of 166. Ruvimbo also had two teachers in attendance but did not teach the 145 pupils that came from a possible 166.

Lomagundi primary saw six teachers coming to school out of the expected 23 who could not attend classes to the 94 children from a possible 100. Chikonohono primary school had its fair share of teachers who did not pitch up for work too.

Out of a possible 64 teachers, only three were in attendance but they did not conduct lessons to the 314 students from the 376 who were expected to be in school. Lastly, Chirorodziva primary school saw five teachers from an authorised establishment coming to school from a possible 37.

About 109 students came to school with about 62 students opting not to attend school. Government has a plan to have all classes reopen over the next five weeks in three phases where there are smaller numbers of pupils, more teachers and other health-related measures.

Grade Six, Form Three and Lower Sixth – return to school in phase Two and then the remaining classes- ECD A and B, Grade One to Five and Forms One and Two complete the phased reopening exercise.

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