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Only 35% of school children in rural primary secondary schools turned up to classes largely due to impoverished parents failing to pay fees. At selected schools, some children were turned away on the first day of school for non-payment of school fees while some did not even bother to attend due to unavailability of funds at home. “A random survey done at school opening in rural institutions indicated that 90% of our members turned up for classes but they were not teaching”, Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) said in a statement. “They chose to sit-in protesting for a living wage. Our members from all eight rural provinces of Zimbabwe are saying enough to the employer, they vowed to sit-in until they are offered a living wage in USD or the protests will accelerate”. Artuz has aged the government to take heed of the teachers’ demand for a living wage in USD to allow teaching to go on undisturbed.