Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) spokesperson John Makamure said that it is illegal for teachers to ask parents to pay fees for extra lessons adding that the practice constitutes corruption.
Speaking to NewsDay on Monday, Makamure said ZACC will soon launch an awareness campaign to ensure that teachers desist from the practice. He said:
We are soon going to launch anti-corruption awareness campaigns in all the provinces to ensure that we engage education officers to stop corruption at schools, especially those requesting money for extra lessons from parents. We want teachers to know that it is very illegal.
Those found breaking the law will be charged and taken to the court. Parents should also know that it is unlawful to pay fees for extra lessons to teachers.
That is the penalty that these teachers are likely to face if they continue with such activities.
Reports suggest that some teachers are demanding from US$5 to US$10 from each pupil for extra lessons and those who fail to pay are neglected during regular lessons.
Zimbabwean teachers are among the lowest-paid in the region. They are pushing for the restoration of the pre-October 2018 salary of US$540.