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Teachers Urge Government To Address The Remuneration Issue Before Schools Resume

Teachers Urge Government To Address The Remuneration Issue Before Schools Resume

The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has urged the government to use the time schools will be deferred to address the remuneration dispute with teachers.

The union said it won’t make sense to reopen schools later on without the learning and teaching processes happening, as “our members will only work if the money is worth it, not this US$110.”

The teachers also want the government to look into their health and safety and of students when schools reopen amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

The government last week postponed the reopening of schools in 2022 as part of measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Only students who are returning to write the remainder of their 2021 Ordinary and Advanced level final examinations are returning to school this week.

However, PTUZ president Takafira Zhou says while the deferment of the opening of schools is welcome, it will be useless if the government does not use this period to engage teachers in meaningful dialogue, address their parlous salaries and conditions of service. He told NewZimbabwe.com:

The government should also prioritise the health and safety of teachers and pupils by providing Covid-19 abatement equipment to schools, and testing teachers and pupils before conglomeration in schools. Any attempt to discard professional advice that we constantly give will be disastrous.

Zhou called for the restoration of the purchasing power of teachers’ salaries pegged at US$540 they earned until 2018. 

The PTUZ also urged the government to act on the exorbitant school fees pegged by some schools. Most schools are pushing for school fee increases of up to 300% to cushion them against the depreciating local currency.

More: NewZimbabwe


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20 Comments

L 5 months ago

Kana teaching isina mari siyai mutsvake mabasa ane mari the late mugabe vakamboita teacher vakasiya vaona kt hazvibhadhari


Mr ndhlumbi 5 months ago

All thoz who r supporting the government to keep on giving teachers & all civil servants a slavish salary r complete ideots. Kuchikoro ndiwo aive madofo kana kut Havana kutomboenda kuchikoro kwacho. A government should give it's employees a salary that is above the Poverty Datum Line


Gogodera 5 months ago

Teachers


Gabadela 5 months ago

Nxa kuyimi vele angiyindawo nxa umholo ungengezelwanga aah🥴🥴


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Shadows 5 months ago

Mateachers maakuda kutijairira imi. 2yrs under lock down muchingotambira mari makagara kumba. Vana vedu vasingadzidze. Imi itai mushe kna mari irishoma siyai mutsvage mamwe mabasa ane mari. Don't act like politicians. Must have our children at heart. You and covid are destroying our children's future. Tinyareiwo mabvira kare takakunyararirai


Mr ndhlumbi 5 months ago

Iwe shadows uri benzi, ko vedu vana vari kuma University nekuma boarding schools tovabhadharirawo nei kana tichipihwa $110 hatis vashandi vemupraz kana kut mumvuri vematicha tichaz r professionals we deserve a decent living chero paine lockdown. Masoja anongo bhadharwa chero kusina Hondo wan

Me 5 months ago

@Shadows... Pauchadzidzisirwa mwana wako kuti Gonzo rinonzi Giraffe in English ndipo pauchazoziva kuti those teachers (& Civil servants) need salary inoita vave committed to duty. Not zvatikuona kuti vanopiwa nzungu-salary way much below PDL that's even published by their own employer

Mulatoos 5 months ago

Gvmnt must luk masalaries ese macivil servants tiripama1 ,mari ngaiwedzerwe


shhshshdhd 5 months ago

mateacher koshesai vana pliz taurai mur kubsa vamwe varikutorida bsa iro


Manikiniki 5 months ago

Vakoshese vhana vhanani ivho vhana vhavho vachifa nendzara vasingaende kuchikoro nenyaya yeFees. Anorida basa you apply like anyone else wopindzwa kana zvichivuma azvinei nekuti vatoripabasa vanofanira kudzingwa kuti iwe upinde, they have a right to complain if their salaries are not making sense. If u dont know those basic rights then you are not even teacher material tswaga rimwe basa paunokwana.

shhshshdhd 5 months ago

Muchanganisira vana kudzidza kana basa risir kukubhadhara siya vamwe varkutorida bsa iroro koshesai vana ibva uone kt panoswera pasina apinda hre muclass kunodzidzisa msaita sekut ndimi makadzidza moga


Gushungo 5 months ago

Kukoshesa vana kuvapa maticha anezvakakwanira, including salaries.

The Devil's Advocate 5 months ago

Kukoshesa vana kudii kwacho. Unoda ani ashande aine nzara. Gara pasi. Hauna nyaya we

Pasi Nemhanduuuuuuuu 5 months ago

Zhou has failed. Step down the stage. All talk no action and it seems the teachers don't back you up.
Teacher's suffering continues unabated.


Sihambi Siwawa 5 months ago

True

Pasi Nemhanduuuuuuuu 5 months ago

Exactly what I meant. This guy ends up looking like he is a Lone Ranger or a political activist because vvaari kumirira vacho vanotoita like vasina chikuwanetsa.

Mboko 5 months ago

Mazimba agara haana kubatana..vanochema low wages asi zvikanzi strike rimwe unoriwona kuchikoro.. Mazimba haana unity.. Ndosaka zanu isingaterere zvichemo zve ma civil servanta coz. Mumwe panzi no work mumwe unowana ariko..achida kunzi apihwe chigaro.. Ma union e zim are labelled enermy of the state..apa achizama zama kurwira kuti vanhu vawane mari yakawanda..ndopaunowonana rimwe risingade kupinda muma.union kana kuenda panstrike nevamwe

Peaceful 5 months ago

Bikai doro. Teachers join soldiers in robberies.


Matrix 5 months ago

Makes sense. Gadzirai maSalary or else it will be a circus when schools open and our children fail to learn.


Kkkk 5 months ago

Good luck



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