Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said it has counted the numbers of suspended teachers in Zimbabwe at 135,000 out of the roughly 140,000 employed in public schools, after a pay dispute between teachers and the government.

Finding a school open is now a lottery in Zimbabwe after a strike by
teachers entered a new week.

Meanwhile, with approximately 90% of teachers in public schools
suspended because of the strike, some schools were abandoned
altogether by pupils and teachers when in other parts of the country,
happy few could go on with their curriculum.

Since schools opened for the first term of the new year, many teachers
did not report for work. They said they could no longer afford the
commute from their home to the classroom.

The pay dispute between teachers and government dates back three
years when government switched from paying workers in US dollars to
Zimbabwean dollars, the value of which has been weakened by inflation.