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Teachers Demand US$10 Per Month From Parents

10 November 2020

Teachers at Biriviri High School in Chimanimani are reportedly asking parents with children enrolled at the school to pay US$10 per month as an incentive.

In a statement, the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) said it has been inundated with calls from concerned parents.

ARTUZ said the conduct by the teachers is illegal and they should desist from the practice. ARTUZ said:

A lot of parents with kids at Biriviri High School in Chimanimani are calling our office. They are complaining that teachers are demanding USD10 per month from parents.

We urge teachers to desist from this illegal conduct and confront duty bearers who have the mandate to pay salaries.

Some reports claim that in Masvingo, School Development Associations (SDAs) at some schools have taken the initiative to deal with teachers’ incapacitation by paying each teacher US$10 per term.

An SDA chairman of a leading mission school who declined to be named told Masvingo Mirror that the US$10 will be paid when schools reopen and the figure will be reviewed later.

Teachers have refused to return to work until the government restores their salaries to the pre-October 2018 levels when they earned between US$520-US$550. They are currently earning roughly US$40 per month.

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