Dr. Takavafira Zhou
MASVINGO – Many school development committees have taken the initiative to deal with teachers’ incapacitation by paying each US$10 a term.
The Mirror talked to several SDCs which have taken the initiative. Most of the SDAs’ asked for their names not to be published because teachers’ incentives were outlawed by Government.
“The teachers have genuine problems of incapacitation; they have no money for food, rent and transport. We are going to give each teacher US$10 at the opening of the school and review this amount thereafter,” said an SDC chairman of a leading mission school who declined to be named.
Efforts to get a comment from the Provincial Education Director, Zedius Chitiga were futile.
All school heads approached by The Mirror declined to comment.
Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president Dr. Takavafira Zhou said a circular passed by Government makes any form of incentive to teachers illegal.
Zhou said parents should not pay the US$10 to the teachers as most parents are struggling to put food on the table.
He said Government must meet its obligation to teachers.
“Any incentives given to teachers are illegal and some parents are struggling to make ends meet. Parents should pull their children out of school until Government and teachers agree on salaries,” said Zhou. http://masvinngomirror.com