- Teachers’ union demands reduced exam fees
- Teachers’ learners have no proper resources
AMALGAMATED Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) on Thursday announced a campaign, demanding that government subsidises school examination fees, interbank indexed salaries and appropriate teaching material for the new curriculum.
The campaign follows the exorbitant announcement of examination fees by the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council.
According to Artuz director Obert Masaraure, teachers are severely incapacitated in schools and there are not enough resources for both teachers and pupils to perform.
“Teachers are severely incapacitated and there is no learning taking place in our schools,” he said.
Masaraure added that the campaign represented teachers’ passion for their profession.
“This is the opportunity for us teachers to show our love for this profession and send an undiluted message to the government,” he noted.
Masaraure also said Artuz was making the demand for interbank indexed salaries, including more teaching and learning materials for efficient execution of their duties.
“Teachers currently earn salaries that are way below the poverty datumn line (PDL), rendering them severely debilitated,” he noted.
PDL represents the cost of a given standard of living that must be attained if a person is deemed not to be poor.
In Zimbabwe, the PDL varies from province to province.
“Teachers are committed to their work but underpayment and inadequate resources have curtailed learning,” Masaraure said.
Meanwhile, Artuz has urged all teachers to wear overalls on February 24 and go to work in overalls while the public are encouraged to wear red as a sign of demanding inclusive access to quality education.
The campaign is running under the theme, #MyProfessionMyLove.
Masaraure revealed that there would be an event complementing the campaign.
“There will be an event and streets will be busy,”he said.
Artuz is a teachers union, working to capacitate and unite teachers in advocating for inclusive access to quality education, labour justice and solidarity.