1 200 Teachers Quit – PTUZ

The second term starts  next week.

PTUZ provincial co-coordinator Munyaradzi Chauke said teachers are beginning to cross boarders again after discovering that the
government is failing to meet their salary expectations.

“We have discovered that over 1 200 teachers have left the profession in a very short space of time. During this holiday alone, a number of teachers have quit citing low salaries.”

Zimbabwean teachers are getting about US$150 and their cries to have their salaries increased to US$ 600 have been rejected by the cash-strapped government. Government also froze teachers’ salaries.

“Teachers are saying their salary is not enough to keep them going to work, more so the salary freeze announced by the Finance Minister (Tendai Biti) recently worsened the situation,” said Chauke.

“Our survey has it that several schools are going to be left with very few teachers and we urge the ministry to prepare for a big problem.
Teachers have started to leave again going to other countries to seek for greener pastures,” said Chauke.

PTUZ president Takavafira Zhou said the ministry is going to suffer a hard blow because instead of luring teachers to come back, a lot are
dumping the profession.”

Meanwhile Higher Education Minister Stan Mudenge said about 90 000 Zimbabwean students failed to sit for ‘A’ level exams in 2009 due to high examination fees.

“Ninety thousand students countrywide failed to sit for their A level exams. They were deterred by the high exam fees,” Mudenge said.

Mudenge-who is also Zanu (PF)’s national secretary for external affairs: added “It is because of the illegal sanction imposed by the West. We had to buy expensive ink, exam papers and others from far away markets after Britain, United States and its allies blocked other countries nearby from selling us such material.”

Last year, more than 100 schools from Masvingo province recorded a zero percent pass rate in the A level exams.

Teachers’ unions blamed the poor showing to the teachers’ strike, low salaries as well as the political violence that saw many teachers running away.

Another Education minister David Coltart said Zimbabwe had recorded the worst O level results since independence in 1980 with a pass rate of 19 percent.