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Zimbabwe tables 40% salary increase offer to striking teachers

By Almot Maqolo

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Zimbabwe has reviewed upwards the salary increase offer to civil servants to 40% which will be awarded to deputy director grade and below amid salary impasse with teachers.

School children were sent back home yesterday at most schools in Bulawayo and parts of Mashonaland West as teachers failed to turn up for duty upon full resumption of learning after months of a Covid-19 induced school break.Learners reportedly found the gates at some school premises locked, forcing them to go back home or wait for their parents and guardians to come and pick them up.

Speaking at a post cabinet press briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the government is committed to pay a decent wage to striking teachers.“In addition to the salary increase, the teachers will also be awarded a 10% risk allowance. The new basic salary package for the teacher is now ZW$18 237, which is above the Poverty Datum Line (PDL),” she said.

“This means that the compounded review percentage of the teacher grade salary is 1 284% since the beginning of the year. The lowest paid civil servant will receive a salary of ZW$14 528. This is effective from 1st November 2020.”They (teachers) are demanding the government increase their salaries to US$550 or equivalent (ZWL$44 000) in local currency. However, the government has indicated it has no capacity to meet the teachers’ demands.


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