College lecturers on Wednesday remained defiant vowing not to return to work until their demands were met.
The job action has now entered its second day.
The College Lecturers’ Association of Zimbabwe (Colaz) said the industrial action would continue until they got a pay rise.
The lecturers, earning around $200 a month, are demanding salaries that are in tandem with the poverty datum line, currently pegged at $500.
Colaz president David Dzatsunga said: “Some colleges in Bulawayo and the Midlands provinces have joined in the industrial action and no amount of intimidation will stop us until our demands are met.
“We are yet to make a comprehensive survey of the impact of the action, but we are convinced with the commitment shown by our members. We will have a result soon.”
The government has remained mum on the action and has not issued a statement.
At Harare Polytechnic on Wednesday, almost all lecturers had downed tools.
Angry students were milling around the college grounds.
“We paid up our fees and we expect services. This is our life we are talking about,” said a female student.
At Belvedere Teachers’ College, students who spoke to NewsDay said a few lecturers conducted classes.
A few were invigilating students writing examinations but fears were rising that should they join the strike, the examinations would be disrupted.