Authorities deliberate on Teachers’ welfare

By ZBC Reporter

THE need for teachers to put learners first and to negotiate for better conditions of service in good
faith came under the spotlight when parliamentarians and the Public Service Commission met teachers unions in Mutare this Saturday.
From kindergarten to High School, the gluing element to any child’s education is a teacher and for them to be able to produce quality learners their welfare is also critical.
In November 2019, Zimbabwe Teachers Association and Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe presented a petition which sought to point out legislative inadequacies that are supposedly hindering teachers from getting due recognition.
Speaking to ZBC News ZIMTA Chairperson Dr Sifiso Ndlovu called upon relevant authorities
To take the welfare of teachers seriously.

Somebody will look from a distance and say what has the law to do with the salary of a teacher, it has everything to do with it because as it stands the law is not giving us enough room to talk about our salaries and conclude in agreement,he said.

The strategic thematic intervention meeting saw Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education Honourable Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga and the Permanent Secretary for the Public Service Commission Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe reaffirming the importance of such open dialogue to ensure positive results.

The beauty about this meeting is that we have the public service commission here so that as the implementers as the people that deal with teachers and public servants they will be able to explain where the problem is,said Mushonga.

We are trying to improve conditions of service for every civil servant. We have explained that we want to do but perhaps we have to explain better and we are doing so in formals with workers representatives,added Wutawunashe.

Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda challenged the teaching fraternity to put learners first.

I therefore urge you to come up with reasonable recommendations in your report for tabling in the August House. However, be mindful of the fact that such recommendations must be cognizant of the socio-economic challenges facing our country currently. I implore the teaching fraternity to negotiate for better conditions of service with government in good faith,he urged.

The petition from the teachers associations seeks the alignment of the Public Service to the Constitution and ratification of International Labour Organisation Conventions 51 and 154 in order to ensure industrial harmony, fair labour standards and social justice.