Teachers say the Government has failed to honour its promise to pay schools fees for their children, with the 2022 first term ending on 7 April.
Last month the Government pledged to pay school fees for children of teachers with a maximum of three children per teacher getting $20 000 each, per term.
Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary-general Raymond Majongwe told NewsDay that teachers are yet to benefit from the facility. He said:
There is nothing yet. Not even the disbursement template exists. Once again, the government is short-changing its employees.
There is neither a policy nor procedure to make the teachers benefit. The government now has a tendency of throwing benefits that benefit no one.
Last time there was a COVID-19 allowance that was meant to assist those who contracted the disease at work, but until today, none of the 1 588 of our members got a cent even after contracting the deadly disease while those from other ministries benefitted.
Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) president Obert Masaraure also confirmed that the fees are yet to be paid. Said Masaraure:
It is sad to note that the government promised benefits that have not materialised up to this time.
The government pledged to pay tuition fees for teachers’ children beginning March 1, but these fees are yet to be paid.
However, Primary and Secondary Education ministry spokesperson Taungana Ndoro denied allegations that the Government had failed to fulfil its promise, saying the funds were still being processed. He said:
It is not true that the government has failed to honour its pledge. Due process is being carried out and we have to wait for it to take place.
Remember we have a substantial number of teachers, over 140 000 of them and, therefore, due diligence cannot take place overnight.
The Government made the pledge during a National Joint Negotiation Committee (NJNC) meeting after teachers went on strike citing incapacitation.