Centre News Reporter
Suspended School Heads in the country have instructed their lawyers to drag government to court over wanton suspension of school heads who failed to report for duty during the first week of the opening term last
The school heads through their representative body, Zimbabwe National Union of School Heads (ZINUSH), in a statement dated 15 March 2022, said they have resolved to get reprieve through the legal way.
ZINUSH said they had decided to approach the courts after failure of other approaches which they had undertaken to deal with the suspensions.
“We realized that the other two approaches are slow to yield results and we have now activated the legal route. Our Lawyers are now taking up the issue of the suspensions with the court,” said ZINUSH in a statement without mentioning the other two approaches.
The School Heads were suspended together with Teachers by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) “without pay” for a period of three months after they rebuffed a 20% salary increment and other benefits stretched to them insisting on the pre-October 2018 US$540 salary.
Teachers’ and School Heads’ unions claim that over 130 000 educators have been suspended so far.
ZINUSH argued that the suspensions did not follow due process and are defective as their members were not given an opportunity to be heard.
They join Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) in taking the legal route to challenge the suspension of teachers in the country.
ZIMTA last week filed an urgent application at the High Court in an effort to seek nullification of the suspensions.
MoPSE spokesperson, Taungana Ndoro could not be drawn to comment over the School Heads’ latest move as his phone was not reachable, so was his boss, Minister Evelyn Ndlovhu.