Teachers paid $2 for marking Grade 7 exams

MASVINGO - Chaos reigned supreme at Masvingo Teachers’ College on Friday after primary school teachers protested against a paltry $2 they were offered for marking this year’s  Grade Seven national exams.

The teachers flatly refused to accept the measly $2 from Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) officials, who in turn threatened the protesting teachers that they would lose their jobs if they rejected the offer.

Zimsec is an autonomous parastatal under the ministry of Education that claims that it is an internationally accredited examinations board.

There was pandemonium after some teachers started shouting and walking out of the room where the payment was being made in protest, prompting Zimsec officials from the Masvingo regional offices to hawk job loss threats.

The teachers, out of fear of losing their jobs, gave in and accepted the cash after being forced to call off the protest.

Fuming teachers  said the payment was a “mockery” to their profession.

“We finished marking the exams on Friday and were based at Masvingo Teachers College,” one marker told the Daily News, pleading for anonymity.

“We were paid a paltry $2 for the job we did for 11  days. We were shocked by this as we usually get paid handsomely for  doing such a job every year.”

Over the past year, teachers would be paid $200 for marking national exams and the job could take up to two  weeks.

Slivanos Dandiro, Masvingo Zimsec regional manager, said: “Firstly I would want to put it clear to you that there was no chaos at all but there were some teachers who were disgruntled over the  amount of money they got.

“They were paid $2 but it’s not all they will get. Something is coming from government through Zimsec and they will get more but we cannot discuss the amount in the Press.”

But teachers  insisted that the Zimsec officials told them that the amount was all they will get.

“You know that our salaries are pathetic so whenever we are included  in such programmes we feel that we got the chance to compliment our  dismal wages but we were disappointed by this year’s amount,” another teacher who preferred anonymity said.

Other teachers threatened to boycott marking exam papers in future if the exam body does not make reasonable remuneration.

Progressive Teachers Union of  Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president, Takavafira Zhou lambasted government for  taking teachers for a ride and warned of massive future boycotts.

“As PTUZ we totally condemn such kind of abuse on professionals,” Zhou said.

“We urge the ministry of Education to intervene and make sure that Zimsec honours its contractual obligations. We want to warn Zimsec that such a tendency of abusing teachers will result in the organisation mobilising teachers so that they stop participating in Zimsec duties.”

Comments (12)

Honestly guys we might have problems politically economically or otherwise but we cannot stoop so low as to abuse our own in such a fashion when perenial looters are circling government waiting for orders on new ministerial vehicles and sorts I would have bet that the new government will definitely not want to resemble the chaotic free for all that characterised the last inclusive government when politicians from either side where not sure of their future in government and so looting was the order of the day but not when people have a clear mandate for a specified time. Why is there no minister prepared to deliver then demand to this day. We cannot reach the promised land without a functional, efficient, effective and competitive educational system with competent professional who are fairly treated and remunerated.

Collin Mboto - 12 November 2013

I will never believe this is true

jacob tavengwa - 12 November 2013

what is going on mr. minister of education we want your decision now!!!!!!!!!!

esau - 12 November 2013

The purpose of politics is to give people tools to make the most of their lives. So I believe but for our own politicians it not the purpose at all. They and they alone should be rich and own everything there is in our sweet Zimbabwe. What kind of politics is this? What kind of leadership is this? Where is the Minister of Education? Shame on you ZIMSEC

SHAVA - 12 November 2013

The purpose of politics is to give people tools to make the most of their lives. So I believe but for our own politicians It is not the purpose at all. They and they alone should be rich and own everything there is in our sweet Zimbabwe. What kind of politics is this? What kind of leadership is this? Where is the Minister of Education? Shame on you ZIMSEC

SHAVA - 12 November 2013

Ko basa raTeacher nderei? Vanorairidza zvavasingamake here? Kana vanhu vange vakatunhidzwa nekupihwa mari yeurere ngavarege kuita mheremhere mhani. Tura!!!!!!!!

Zvavanhu - 12 November 2013

Ko basa raTeacher nderei? Vanorairidza zvavasingamake here? Kana vanhu vange vakatunhidzwa nekupihwa mari yeurere ngavarege kuita mheremhere mhani. Tura!!!!!!!!

Zvavanhu - 12 November 2013

Everyone passes through the hands of a teacher. Let us have some respect please.

Samuel Jere - 12 November 2013

panyepwa apa .I can"t believe that

papa - 12 November 2013

Is this true. Fools day is in April please, How can ZIMSEC threatens teachers. Are they the employers of teachers? Who is ZIMSEC anyway? Please let us stop this nonsense. ZIMSEC ita mushe. If people are on record for poor remuneration, it does not mean that they should accept anything that comes there way. This is outrageous to say the list. Abuse of the highest degree of wickedness. This is wickedness beyond the wickedness. Two(2) dollars!!!!

chaporomoka chamukwenjere - 12 November 2013

ZVAVANHU kana usingaziye mafambisirwo ebasa iri nyarara. This is outside teacher's duties and responsibilities as defined in the job description.

Chinoto - 13 November 2013

Zvavanhu, wadii wanyarara

Wezhira - 13 November 2013

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