Teachers’ unions on Monday met with the minister of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE), Evelyn Ndlovu, over a number of issues including payment for invigilating ZIMSEC examinations. Pindula News presents a report back on the meeting issued by the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ):
PTUZ REPORT BACK ON UNIONS MEETING WITH MINISTER
The meeting was attended by six unions, ZIMSEC officials as well as the Minister and her staff. Unions were asked to make their presentations on a variety of issues, chief of which was presented was the issue of invigilation. Although unions made their case on the necessity of payment for invigilation, ZIMSEC indicated that they are paying teachers on marking and item writing duties because they would have been taken away from their stations. The Minister said that she could not authorize payment of invigilation allowance without an enabling legal policy framework dealing with that issue of remunerating teachers for examination management. She asked for time to solve teachers’ problems, including low salaries and invigilation allowances. In short, Cdes, we have not moved an inch as far as remuneration for invigilation is concerned.
RECOMMENDATION: It is regrettable that there has been no movement at all in relation to the issue of invigilation. That being the case, our members will still not invigilate examinations outside of a written contract with ZIMSEC. We hope the issue is solved expeditiously.