Teachers want duty-free cars

HARARE - Zimbabwe's teachers, reeling from poor remuneration and working conditions, want government to allow them to import cars without paying duty.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Ptuz) says this would help teachers whose majority in the rural areas resort to walking long distances to access their salaries.

“Government could also just accept that a teacher should import duty-free a car in five years. All what we want is that the government must not charge us duty because we have teachers who are absent from school for five days when they want to go and access their salaries, Takavafira Zhou, Ptuz president told the Daily News in an exclusive interview.

“They walk to the nearest station for two days. The third day they are going to a town and they would need two more days when they are coming back, to walk to their stations. These are about 40 to 60km and we have teachers walking all that distance.”

Zhou’s call is likely to fall on deaf ears as the government is battling chronic financial problems which have seen its revenue base dwindle due to company closures and biting economy.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa announced government’s plans to cull the bloated civil service in a bid to reduce the burgeoning wage bill.

But Zhou argued that government should consider teachers, the same way the Members of Parliament (MPs) are considered.

“We are aware that the government has a facility where MPs are getting cars which they would pay later. The government can also introduce that model to the teachers because the whole essence of a teacher now is that he has lost his dignity, he has lost his lustre,” Zhou told the Daily News.

“The basic thing we should do to improve the pass rate is to improve the image of the teacher because the teacher is a pace setter, is a role model and leader in a community. But when such as teacher is now miserable, then he has lost all his roles and the best which we should do is to restore the statuses of teachers to ensure that students emulate teachers.”

Government splurged $11 million on MPs last year for the purchases of off roaders as part of a vehicle scheme.

But since the turn of the year, government has been battling to pay the civil service as it is down to bare bones, financially.

It missed its revenue collection target of $3,82 billion for 2014 by six percent and the projections for 2015 show a further decline.

 

Comments (8)

Dream on Zhou! You want to apply the animal farm principles, ''All animals are equal but some are more equal than others''. If you succeed, I don't even wish you do, nurses will also demand special treatment, then doctors, then lecturers, soldiers, policemen, prison officers, vana mudhumeni, C10 and the f***ng civil service!!! Sorry mate.

Garikayi - 30 March 2015

GTFO! They should pay the taxman like everyone else. wWhat makes them so special? Also, if they want to spend their money on luxuries like cars they should pay duty. They should be thanking His Excellency R.G Mugabe, Conqueror of the British Empire In Africa, for the low duties we have right now.

realist - 30 March 2015

Ptuz is simply advancing its interest in the wake of the newly formed Rural teachers association. Its all about membership numbers and money. Its true rural teachers are struggling just like everybody. Zhou needs to name the school and area where teachers are walking for "TWO" days so that the place gets some attention from politicians as soon as possible.

X-MAN IV - 30 March 2015

GARIKAYI AND THE REALIST YOUR SWEARING HAS JUST SHOWN WHAT SHALLOW MINDED, BRAINLESS LACK OF AN ARGUMENT EDGE YOU ARE, YOU BELONG IN THE STONE EDGE ERA, WHERE YOUR VIOLENT NATURE WOULD PROLIFERATE...

the watcher - 31 March 2015

GARIKAYI AND THE REALIST YOUR SWEARING HAS JUST SHOWN WHAT SHALLOW MINDED, BRAINLESS LACK OF AN ARGUMENT EDGE YOU ARE, YOU BELONG IN THE STONE EDGE ERA, WHERE YOUR VIOLENT NATURE WOULD PROLIFERATE...

the watcher - 31 March 2015

Exclusive treatment of government related people when it comes to paying taxes its unfair. A good example is the exemption of certain government people from paying tollgate fees therefore tollgate fees are set unreasonably too high and the number of tollgates is increased unnecessarily all becaz government related people don't feel the pain. For sure whats the logic behind an MP not paying tollgate fees when the old pensioned members of the society do pay?? Private schools who receipt hundreds of thousands of dollars per term are not taxed but a mere individual who earn less than 10000$ per year is taxed? Unotoshaya kuti zvirikufamba sei???

inini - 31 March 2015

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