Speaking to the Sunday Mail, renowned Zimbabwe educationist Professor Caiphus Nziramasanga has said he supports the demands of the teachers for better salaries. He also said that the teachers are following the bandwagon by striking after the doctors and nurses.
“I think they (teachers) are trying to follow the bandwagon. Doctors and nurses did that and they got money, so they think if they strike they will get money too. That is bandwagon thinking; whether the strike is right or not is something debatable.
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To be practical, it is definite that teachers’ salaries are very low. I support their demand for better salaries. Their work and effort needs to be appreciated and their reasons for wanting to strike are understandable.
I’m sure the Government is seized with the issue but Treasury cannot address all their concerns at once considering that teachers are a large group and if their salaries are increased they take up such a big chunk from the pot.
But teachers have a right to ask. I’m sure the Government is ready to talk and if rationality takes over the issue should be solved amicably.”
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Professor Caiphus Nziramasanga is a renowned educationist in Zimbabwe. He is mostly known for leading the Nziramasanga Commision of Inquiry in 1998 which inquired into the Education System of Zimbabwe. Read More About Caiphus Nziramasanga