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Teachers: Push Government To Pay Better Salaries If Extra Lessons Charges Are High

Teachers: Push Government To Pay Better Salaries If Extra Lessons Charges Are High

Some teachersโ€™ unions in Zimbabwe have urged parents to push the government to review teachersโ€™ salaries if they feel burdened by private lesson charges.

Teachers have in the past two years been demanding a restoration of the pre-October 2018 salaries that were around US$540.

They argue that inflation eroded their Zimbabwe dollar-denominated salaries thereby forcing them to conduct extra lessons to make ends meet.

In Harare, they charge anything between US$10 and US$20 per child a month.

Educators Union of Zimbabwe secretary Tapedza Zhou said extra lessons were illegal, but teachers had no option but to make a living.

We never encourage teachers to conduct extra lessons, we do not condone them.

Therefore, parents have an unexplored option of knocking on the governmentโ€™s doors if they feel short-changed.

They must not negotiate down the prices of extra lessons.

The government has said it has no capacity to meet their demands, at the moment, and recently gave them a 20 per cent salary increase, US$100 allowance plus other non-monetary benefits.

Teachers have rejected the offer.

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Obert Masaraure called on parents to unite with teachers in demanding better salaries for the educators.

He said parents and teachers have no responsibility for funding education but the government which has neglected its duty, is failing to fund basic education and pay teachers. He added:

At the end of the day, teachers strive to get something from poor parents, which is very unfortunate.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Takavafira Zhou said there is no need for extra lessons as they bring differences among students dependent on the cash a parent has.

He added that the best remedy is for the government to pay teachers well and advise parents to stop dangling the poisoned carrot of extra payment under the guise of conducting extra lessons.

Meanwhile, Primary and Secondary Education ministry spokesperson Taungana Ndoro told NewsDay that the government was working with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission to flush out those charging for extra lessons.

More: NewsDay Zimbabwe


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2ย months ago


Mudzidzisi 2ย months ago

Kubasa tiri kuenda asi vasingatipe Mari dz malesson varikudzidza vakafuratira blocks vemahara muchadzidza mega vana venyu


ggi 2ย months ago

mateacher indai kubasa semaendero amunoita kubank


๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜พ 2ย months ago

To collect shells, not peanuts kkkkk

Charger 2ย months ago

Maticha ngavapihwe Mari yavo yavaipihwa naMugabe makuonaka kut new despansention yenyu Hapana zvarikuiita


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Teacher in Zimbabwe 2ย months ago

Tichakubhohwai kusvika mati nyooo iyi ihondo yamusingagone hee ticha akubhohwa kusvota ani manje?ko panganai Java zvaanotaura makambosvotwa nazvo here?


Shadows 2ย months ago

Teachers pliz itai basa renyu maakutibhowa. Now isu vabereki tirikutoronga a nationwide strike against teachers. Kna Basa risingabhadhari munhu anosiya otsvaga rimwe. U are destroying future yevana vedu.murikuuraya nyika. Kana muchida politics pliz itaiwo renyu


๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜พ 2ย months ago

Uyite uchigadzirisa zidzoro nemuromo wako iwe musorobhanku kkk

The King of Serpents 2ย months ago

Saka mateacher voita chivendor here? Nekuti mabasa acho hakuna

Teacher in Zimbabwe 2ย months ago

We won't be silenced by anyone not even you!!!

Mafirakureva 2ย months ago

The government has no capacity to capacitate the incapacitated teachers.

In other words the government is incapacitated to capacitate the incapacitated teachers.

The question then is who has the capacity to capacitate the incapacitated government to capacitate the incapacitated teachers?


Vybz Kartel 2ย months ago

I think the government should now act decisively on all striking teachers by implementing a "No Work, No Pay" remuneration policy. Chokwadi kana iye munhu ane katuckshop yake ungatambirise mushandi asiri kushanda here ? Maticha anofanira kutenda hurumende kuti vari kutopihwa RTGS22,000 ivo vasiri kushanda. Zimbabwe is the only country where teachers are paid a salary without rendering any service. Pamuchanzi dzosai mari iyoyo ndopamuchawona kuti hamuna kungwara.


๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ฎ 2ย months ago

๐—ง๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ, ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€. ๐—ญ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€.

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Madhuve 2ย months ago

Thanks Pindula for the news but my fellow citizens munoziva here kuti nyika hainaki ipapo ipapo be patient matechers huchi nemukaka zviri kuuya soon


๐”ผ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•” 2ย months ago

Yes my citizen , All they hv to do is Vote CCC

2ย months ago


ss 2ย months ago

ma teacher makuzotibhowa manje Mari yamukuda iyoyo iri kutambirwa nevangani appreciate munotipiwa ma USD ko ISU riri Ku maprivate companies kwatiri kupiwa ma 22000 RTGS per month pamwe takatodzidza kukudarikai be reasonable look at the average salary yemu Zimbabwe and base your demands on that


๐”ผ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•” 2ย months ago

Then the educational qualifications you have are limiting your salary options. Noone said complain so dnt ask others nt to speak for themselves . Keep yo 22k and let those who know the value of their skills demand wat their skills are worth .

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kanu 2ย months ago


Dd 2ย months ago

ma teacher makuzotibhowa manje isusu riri Ku private sector sevashandi riri kungopuwa ma 22000rtgs pasina ma USD allowance but we are working tichibatira tax yamu kutambiriswa don't be greedy everyone is suffering you are not the only employees in this country


๐”ผ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•” 2ย months ago

Its yo choice my citizen . If its enough for you dont think its enough for everyone PLUS you can write now bcoz a teacher made it happen other wise u wld be stil a clean slate wth no idea wat these symbols mean. Be Thankful n respect these guys they turning your bundles of joys to productive beings for the future


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