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A TOP civil servants representative has dismissed as mere speculation claims that the cash-strapped government plans to scrap teachers’ pay during school holidays.

Teachers comprise the bulk of government’s 230,000 work-force which the Zanu PF administration is struggling to pay amid reduced tax revenues in a failing economy.

However, Richard Gundane, chairperson of the Apex Council – the umbrella body for civil servants associations – has assured teachers that they would continue to get paid during school holidays.

Gundane was speaking to journalists on the side-lines of Public Servants Day commemorations recently held in Shurugwi.

“We had a meeting with government on the 20th June and it dismissed claims that teachers were not going to be paid during holidays,” he said.

“In fact, government indicated that this was just a rumour circulating on the social media.”

Teachers have been concerned about their conditions of service after education minister Lazarus Dokora’s announced a raft of controversial new measures

The changes included a ban on teachers’ incentives, vacation school and the scrapping of Form One entrance tests.

Gundane, meanwhile, said the unions would continue to engage government over members’ salaries and allowances.

The unions want the least paid worker to earn above the poverty datum line which is currently pegged at just over $500.

Source : New Zimbabwe