The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education says the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) should make use of the ongoing negotiations between the employer and the civil servants’ apex council to seek workable solutions to their concerns as opposed to taking a counter-productive stance.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavima has encouraged ZIMTA to go back and join the ongoing negotiations adding that the government remains committed to engaging them for a workable solution.

Professor Mavima’s comment follows the declaration passed by ZIMTA members at the just concluded annual general meeting threatening to down tools on the 8th of next month when schools open for the second term.

“There is a negotiating protocol which the two parties should follow. As the ministry our position is that ZIMTA should follow that protocol in order to engage government on matters regarding their welfare,” he said.

The minister said he will be meeting the other teachers’ representative associations next week following their request to engage the government on various issues related to the education system and their working conditions.

Professor Mavima also reminded the teachers of the new political dispensation’s commitment to accelerating economic transformation adding that conditions of service will certainly be improved as the economy recovers.