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Outcry over ZIMSEC US$66 markers payments

Staff Reporter

TEACHERS unions have slammed Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) for paying grade seven teachers a paltry US$66 after spending a fortnight marking the annual examinations.

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has since declared that the amount is very little and vowed not to submit any written complaint over the matter as demanded by the examinations organ.

Speaking to The Humanitarian Post , Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) secretary general, Robson Chere said they are advocating for an allowance of US$20 per every day spent marking the exams.

“Teachers should continue being treated as slaves in each and every sector of work they are seconded by the government to do.

“We are advocating for allowances that can help in rescuing teachers from the poverty trap they are currently in , so from ARTUZ side we advocating for ZIMSEC marking minimum allowance of US $20 and above which should be paid in cash and real currency to our teachers,” he said.

The development also comes at a time the teachers are demanding an overall salary increase after citing incapacitation ahead of schools opening next week.

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