Teacher stand-off delays opening of schools in Zim

HARARE - Zimbabwe has delayed the opening of schools by two weeks amid fears that teachers may not show up due to the country's worsening humanitarian crisis.

HARARE - Zimbabwe has delayed the opening of schools by two weeks amid fears that teachers may not show up due to the country's worsening humanitarian crisis.

Schools were set to reopen next Tuesday, but education secretary Stephen Mahere told The Heraldnewspaper that classes would only resume on January 27 because last year's exams were not yet marked.

Teachers went on strike several times last year over pay, as Zimbabwe's stunning hyperinflation reduced their salaries to a pittance. This year, striking teachers warned they would not return to work if they were not paid in US dollars.

"The position is that if there are no salaries in US dollars, it will be difficult for teachers to return to work," said Oswald Madziva, the national coordinator of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe. - Sapa-AFP

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