Student teacher allowances slashed

HARARE – Student teachers could be netting less than $50 if government forges ahead with plans to deduct their monthly allowances, the Zimbabwe Teachers Association has said.

Zimta president Richard Gundani told the Daily News that given their meagre earnings, student teachers would barely be able to afford transport costs.

According to Public Service minister Prisca Mupfumira, student teachers’ allowances would be slashed from $329 to $157 per month.

Mupfumira also said that private and trust schools that had gobbled up $72 million in salaries and allowances would no longer be assisted by government.

“The issue is that student teachers get $329 per month,” Gundani said. “However, $110 is deducted as a teaching practice fee. If the government implements their proposed changes, student teachers will be left with roughly $47.”

Gundani said the only solution to this was to have extensive consultation to provide for a workable outcome. 

He said procedurally, government was supposed to approach Zimta on how best to go about the audit before telling the nation of their outcome.

“They should have shared the audit with us because it affects teachers. Apart from that, the joint national consultative council was not advised of what was happening and now they make these pronunciations.

“Besides, they have adopted piecemeal measures which only affect a certain section of civil service and that is unfair,” Gundani said.

Gundani said they have challenged government in the budget consultation process to meet the minimum wage requirements if they are to achieve a satisfied civil service.

He said currently, teachers were earning well below the poverty datum line, which was unacceptable with the current economic conditions in the country.

“We are still at about three quarters to reach the acceptable minimum salary levels. Once we get a decent wage, we will then fight to have increments afforded to us,” he said.

Mupfumira was not reachable for comment as she was in a cabinet meeting.

Comments (5)

so are the student teachers to survive with $47?? Really??

Edwin - 25 November 2015

The slash has finally eventuated. I feel pity for the aspiring teachers for they already show signs of financial deficiency thru their dressing. Please review this decision.

sindoora Aniket - 6 August 2016

it is a pity, the nation is built by teachers. For every profession to be there and to survive it is because of that same teacher, now you kill the motivation they have after their passion, what is to become of Zimbabwe? the most prestigious education is now for a downfall to the most foolish education. respect the teacher student or not, after all its the student teachers that heads of schools rely with

sooo hurt - 25 August 2016

it is a pity, the nation is built by teachers. For every profession to be there and to survive it is because of that same teacher, now you kill the motivation they have after their passion, what is to become of Zimbabwe? the most prestigious education is now for a downfall to the most foolish education. respect the teacher student or not, after all its the student teachers that heads of schools rely with

sooo hurt - 25 August 2016

Teaching Practice! oooh no its now Teaching Punishment. With aspiring teachers from Universities such as ZOU not being paid even a cent while on this "Teaching Punishment:

SIMEOTICS - 15 February 2017

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