Zimbabwean Teachers Call For Better Pay

They are demanding for the government to increase their salaries to 0 per month and to also provide them with personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Secretary-General Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, Raymond Majongwe said members of the union want to get the opportunity to talk to the government. 

"We are not fighting the government, all we are asking for is the living wage and the respect of the profession that teachers are."

Majongwe said he wants the government to account for the PPE and money that has allegedly been allocated for teachers and sanitation. 

"Can they just show us where the money is? Where was it used? Show us the practical evidence"

"The most important point is these figures just appeared from nowhere. All that as far as we are concerned is just mere talk and political grandstanding by several government officials because they are just doing it for their own selfish purposes,"

According to Majongwe, teachers are the least paid in Zimbabwe in the ranking of all government employees. Many teachers do not see significant pay increases, despite having years of experience in their field.

With their current salaries, many teachers are unable to afford basic living expenses and some are also unable to afford to take their children to school.

"We are not respected, we are just condemned, we are labelled enemies of the state. We are definitely made poor because people simply want to make sure that teachers are persecuted for no reason."

Majongwe is pleading for the government to not see teachers as the enemy, as teachers are willing to go back to work as long as their conditions are met. 

"Teachers are just asking for survival. Teachers are simply saying, pay us well and we will go and offer the services that the nation wants."

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