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Teachers' Union Up in Arms Over Government Audit

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary general Raymond Majongwe addressing members of his union. (Photo PTUZ)

The government says it next will resume its head count of teachers and pupils in schools, starting with Harare Province on Tuesday in the Mbare-Hatfield district.

A memo to all school heads from the education ministry advises parents and teachers that public service commission officials will be visiting schools for the exercise.

But the call has incurred the wrath of the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) which accuses the government of targeting teachers as it seeks to root ghost workers out of the system.

More than three thousand teachers were struck off the payroll recently when they were not at the work stations during audit.

PTUZ general secretary Raymond Majongwe says teachers feel victimized.

“We are utterly disgusted , we are actually disappointed and we are simply saying to government and the commission these are people who are doing nothing; they want to pull cotton wool over our eyes and tell us that they are doing nothing,” Majongwe said.

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