Zimbabwean Teachers have found themselves in a fix after the government gazetted Statutory instrument 1 of 2020. Under the new instrument, teachers will no longer be permitted to sell snacks or uniforms to pupils and conduct extra lessons on school premises.
Prior to the announcement teachers were supplementing their low salaries by conducting extra lessons after school hours.
However, problems started surfacing after the educators were doing a thorough job during extra lessons and not during mandated school hours.
This led to pupils whose parents could not afford extra lessons to miss out and score lower grades.
Violating the new law could see teachers getting fired thereby putting them between a rock and a hard place. Currently, teachers employed under the civil service earn below USD100, an amount that is hardly enough to cover living expenses. To make ends meet teachers would conduct ‘extracurricular’ activities to afford to come to work.
Below is the Document, All teachers have been made to sign by the Government as shared by
PTUZ president Raymond Majongwe .
10 February 2020
REF: ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF ADVICE ON ACTS OF MISCONDUCT ALLEGEDLY HAPPENING IN SCHOOLS
I…………EC No………. have on this day, 10 February 2020 have been made aware that the following actions are not permissible and constitute acts of misconduct as defined In statutory instrument 1 of 2020: Public service regulations as amended.
(i) That no extra lessons in whatever name or time will be conducted in the school without Ministry approval.
(ii) No teacher is allowed to sell items within the school premises; be they sweets, snacks, school uniform items etc.
(iii) That no teacher is allowed to demand items such as bond paper, tissues and other goods without permission to do so.
(iv) That no teacher is allowed to collect money from parents.
I have read the above and I declare that I will comply as stated.