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Teachers Demand $520 Salary Per Month

Poor Salaries Forcing Good Teachers Out.

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by Tinashe Karimazondo
The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) have reminded the government of a salary restoration before schools open.
This comes after teachers have cried out to the government concerning the meagre USD $150 per month salary that they have been receiving, propounding a possible top up.

 

The current salary peg is below the normal poverty datum line considering the fact that a decent family in Zimbabwe requires approximately USD$520 per month to live a normal and decent livelihood.

This letter services to remind you that the ARTUZ members are still incapacitated to report back to work in the imminent face of opening of schools. This incapacitation comes on the back of the poor salaries that the teachers have been receiving which are below the poverty datum line and against the spirit of the agreed USD$520 ” reads the letter in part 

The statement by Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) to the Public Commission of Zimbabwe (PCZ) saves as a reminder that teachers livelihood are no longer convincing, to such an extent that some have went a step further to engage in other income generating hustles like vending for survival.

The desolate nature of teachers has been worsened by the entrance of the coronavirus lockdown and teachers can no longer go on in such a state of affairs.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently  addressed the nation on easing some lockdown measures, among them was the issue of school resumption, starting with examination students who are set to commence classes on the 15th of March 2021 while the remaining classes are to complete the batch system on the 22nd of March 2021.

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Silvester Tapfumaneyi

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