Teachers punished for being MDC

BULAWAYO - Teachers who took part in the country’s July 31 elections under the MDC formations have allegedly been fired from work while those who participated under Zanu PF were safe.

Takavafira Zhou, Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president told hundreds of teachers during the World Teachers’ Day commemorations in Bulawayo on Saturday that most teachers who contested parliamentary, senatorial and council elections under mainstream MDC and smaller MDC countrywide were either fired or transferred from their work stations.

“This is not fair at all and we should not accept it; we want all teachers to be treated fairly. We have our members who took part in elections under MDC being suspended or fired by this government. Some have been transferred, but those who contested elections under Zanu PF retained their jobs.

“Teachers should be allowed to support any political party without being harassed,” said Zhou.

Zhou’s sentiments come as teachers in Masvingo were reportedly being harassed by war veterans for supporting MDC during elections.

PTUZ represents more than 15 000 teachers countrywide.

Zhou said Zimbabwean teachers have become a laughing stock and the country’s youths no longer want to train as teachers because of poor salaries.

“We have become a laughing stock; even our children don’t want to become teachers after completing their Ordinary and Advanced Levels. There is also no more respect for teachers by this government,” he said.
Zimbabwean teachers are currently getting salaries as low as $300 far below the country’s Poverty Datum Line (PDL).

The International Labour Organisation recommends that the PDL should be used as a benchmark or reference point in determining minimum wages.

The country’s poverty datum line for an average of five persons per household stands at $541.

The poverty line is the threshold below which families or individuals are considered to be lacking the resources to meet the basic needs for healthy living; in other words, having insufficient income to provide the food, shelter and clothing needed to preserve health.

Comments (3)

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your family. Don't waste your time talking politics while? others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling solar panels to the people in rural areas/villages so they can have electricity easily and very cheap. Very interesting. Go to SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com, to see? the methods and companies she was using. SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com. Wake up Africans

Vada - 7 October 2013

zanupf is a devil's party

atz - 7 October 2013

Teachrs have never benefitd from this zpf.If anythng th' litle they had has bn taken away 4rom them.Its during its tenure of ofice that nt only trs but the contry's economy have bn pauperized.imagine someone who has word 4,30yrs wth a masters degrees earning $20 more than an groundsman wth or wthout 4 o levels.The noble profesion has bn thrown 2 the dogs.Instead of incentivising workers the gvt is bent on waging a campaign of terror on its trs as if they don't posses a mind of their own.Democracy means freedom of choice. You can never tak of a raceor competition without dragging in differences which must be tolerated. It is this tolerance thus lacking in the present leadership which does not brook any form of dissent /or divergent views.Trs cannot be cheated.They cant be swayed by glittering generalities and can see through the minds of these leaders, thats why they should suffer.hence the belittling "zvimaticha". It is bcause they are afraid of them.Wake up Zimbabwe!, Pay your trs handsomely no wonder the migration into the diaspora.

Kwese kuzhamba - 7 October 2013

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