The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) has dismissed reports claiming that teachers who were contracted by the council to mark O and A level (Ordinary and Advanced level) examinations had downed tools over failure to pay the agreed money.
NewZimbabwe spoke to ZIMSEC spokesperson, Nicky Dlamini who said the monies that were deposited into the markers’ bank accounts were part payments. Dlamini added that the remainder of the money will be processed soon. Dlamini said:
They received part payment and not complete amount. This was not only in Bulawayo but the same in other places, even in Harare, they had the same issue.
It was a part payment because this time we had a number of examination centres we had to handle but the rest of the money will be processed by end of this week and this was communicated to them.
They didn’t stop working over this issue, but it was an issue the markers raised and they are working
Grade Seven examinations markers have also complained over being short-changed by the examination body after their dues took time to reflect in their bank accounts.
Anonymous markers based at Hillside Teachers College within Bulawayo said every marker was promised ZWL$20 000 by ZIMSEC but only amounts ranging from ZWL$7 000 to ZWL$9 000 were deposited into their bank accounts.
The markers said each one of them had been promised US$15.50 per day for 17 days, which is the duration of the marking period. One of the markers said:
But the money that reflected into those who have CBZ bank accounts was not what people expected.
Some received money ranging from ZWL$7 000 to ZWL$9 000.
Others who have different banks from CBZ are yet to be paid.
The markers started work on March 6 after signing their contracts and were expecting US$250 to US$350.
The money is alleged to be for transport, food and accommodation allowances as people are coming from different places.