Government and teachers deadlocked over Zimsec contract

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BY MIRIAM MANGWAYA
TEACHERS ‘unions have declared a standoff with the government over payment for exam supervision after yesterday’s meeting failed to resolve the deadlock.

Teachers want to be paid to watch the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) end-of-year exams and have met with Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Evelyn Ndlovu to advocate.

But the meeting, which was attended by six teachers’ unions, Zimsec officials and other education officials, did not progress, with educators saying none of their concerns had been addressed.

“The minister asked for time to resolve teachers’ issues, including low salaries and supervisory allowances,” said Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe general secretary Raymond Majongwe.

“That being the case, our members will still not monitor exams outside of a written contract with Zimsec.”

Zimbabwe National Teachers Union chief executive Manuel Nyawo said teachers told Ndlovu they had no reason to fight the government because all they needed was more disposable income. .

But primary and secondary education ministry spokesman Taungana Ndoro said the minister would heed teachers’ concerns and find a way forward.

“Minister Ndlovu held a fruitful meeting with various teachers’ unions this morning and he was encouraging to note the common ground found. It was decided that with regard to monitoring, the unions should present a consolidated position paper and the minister will review it for the way forward, ”Ndoro said.

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