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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 teachers’ unions in Zimbabwe have urged parents to push the government to review teachers’ 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 government’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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