Mutare Teacher’s College Students Forced To Sleep In The Basement After Failing To Pay Top Up Fees

Female students teachers at Mutare Teachers College are reported to have dumped in the common room with base beds only.

This follows after they failed to pay up RTGS $ 6500 top up fees.
Yesterday the government announced that State universities must set their full fees, including tuition and accommodation at $5 000 and below per semester for both full time students and part time students.

The government also said that Polytechnics and teachers’ colleges will charge fees below $1 300 a semester for certificate and diploma programmes, while higher national diplomas and degrees will attract slightly higher fees.

Meanwhile in other related news Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, ARTUZ vowed that their members will go on a strike until the government fixes their salary dispute.

ARTUZ in a statement said :

The teachers are severely incapacitated since they are earning an equivalent of US$35 per month.
The proposed increment by the government falls way below the legitimate expectations of the hard-working teachers.

Teachers are demanding a United States dollar interbank rate indexed salaries.

The 97% offer by the government comes at a time when government services have been hiked by over 500%.

Government is even charging some of its services in United States dollars, for example, an emergency passport fee of US$318 from RTGS$ 318. We are simply asking to be accommodated into the national economy.

Government last paid teachers a full salary in September 2018, we have been earning 7% of the last negotiated income. Attempts to engage the government have been futile since then.

The employer has been calling for endless pity parties which have not yielded any positive result. Countless petitions have been submitted but no favourable response has been received as yet.

An ordinary teacher salary cannot fend for food, shelter, transport, education and health care. Teachers cannot afford transport to go back to work.

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