Over 50 000 teachers to benefit from government school fees payment plan

By Memory Chamisa

GOVERNMENT has approved a ZWL$2.68 billion

budget for payment of school fees for teachers’ children.

As part of non-monitory incentives to civil servants, the government early this year resolved to pay school fees for teachers’ children and a budget has since been approved.

Over 52 000 teachers across the country are now set have school fees for their children paid.

Public Service Commission Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe confirmed to ZBC News this Friday that it is all systems go for the fees payment, with a maximum of three children per teacher set to benefit.

“103 556 children are set to get their fees paid and the number might exceed as the process is not yet done. Government is still waiting for some that might not have been included in the process. ZWL$20 000 dollars is set to be paid for each child every term,” he said.

Ambassador Wutawunashe also explained the selection criteria used in verifying the information.

“The information had a lot of input that involved the teachers themselves in ascertaining how many children the teachers have that must be included in the programme and how many of them are also in school and in need of the school fees payment and also which schools they are attending. We thank them for their patience as this took long in verifying the information,” said Ambassador Wutawunashe.

The government has also recruited over 3000 teachers as it ensures that language requirements for certain regions are met.