Teachers Stranded As Zim Banks Run Out Of Cash

The teachers were forced to sleep outside banking halls on Monday hoping to get a chance to access their salaries early Tuesday.

‘I came from Mjinga and arrived here during midday but failed to access my salary. I will sleep outside the bank so that I can get money early to buy grocery for Christmas,’ said a disgruntled rural teacher.

A bank teller said the shortage has been caused by the fact that teachers had been paid their salaries earlier than usual.

‘Intially teachers were scheduled to get salaries on 23 (December) and the sudden change of payout date has affected our clients,’ said the teller.

Meanwhile, some temporary teachers in the area received a shock when they only received US$30 in their bank accounts as salaries. The salary was worked according to a pro-rata basis.

‘What does Government think I will do with this $30?’ asked one temporary teacher.

Zimbabwe’s prices of commodities have been increased in the past few months. The price of petrol and diesel has also gone up which may see another round of price increases by shop owners.