Zimbabwe's first school term in 2011 started Tuesday with most teachers reporting for work though some were not actively teaching to back up wage demands while some institutions were refusing entry to classrooms to pupils whose parents had not paid their fees.
The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said its members would not start teaching until they have learned the outcome of a meeting on Thursday between union officials and other teachers representatives and government officials over salary demands.
But the Zimbabwe Teachers Association said its members will only stop teaching if salary negotiations with the government fail. Teachers want a base US$500 a month.
Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe Secretary General Raymond Majongwe told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that his organization's members will stay in their staff rooms and out of classes until the Thursday discussions are concluded.