Covid-19: Zimbabwean teachers threaten strike action

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Teachers in Zimbabwe have opposed a phased reopening of schools saying safety measures are not yet in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The teachers’ union chairperson, Sifiso Ndlovu, was said that if the government proceeded with the plan, teachers would go on strike.

Zimbabwe’s education ministry recently announced plans to reopen schools starting with final year students to allow them to sit for national examinations starting on 29 June.

“Learners are not in the right psychological space to write examinations,” Mr Ndlovu told local media.

He urged the government to consider cancelling the exams like the private Cambridge international examinations body had done.

Several African countries are planning to reopen schools in June including Tanzania and South Africa.

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