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ZIMBABWEAN teachers have embarked on a go-slow in protest of the cancellation incentives and extra lessons.

The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora, recently cancelled the incentives from schools as well as the conduction of extra lessons resulting in the teaches’ salaries shrinking.

The country’s teachers, who are currently earning about US$ 450 were getting extra income from incentives from schools as well as extra lessons.

On average, each teacher especially those in urban areas were getting extra income of about $ 200 through incentives and extra lessons.

A survey conducted by CAJ News at most schools have showed that nearly all teachers have embarked on a go-slow in demonstration.

Raphael Mukumba, a teacher in Masvingo in southern Zimbabwe said they were unhappy with the cancellation.

ldquoWe are not happy with the minister’s move hence as teachers we have embarked on a go slow to force government to reverse its decision.

“We have been getting supplementary income through these incentives and extra lessons but all is now history. We will embark on a full blown strike if the government turns a deaf ear to our plight,rdquo he said.

The militant Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) confirmed the go-slow.

ldquoTeachers have been looked down upon by this government and the only logical thing to do is to express anger through a go slow,” Takavafira Zhou, PTUZ President said.

“Teachers are earning salaries below the poverty datum line as a result they have every reason to complain when their other sources of income are blocked by government,” said Zhou.

Dokora has defended the cancellation arguing that the ban was effected when civil servants got salary hikes.

He maintained that teacher incentives remain banned.

Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Tongai Muzenda, recently told senate that government was facing serious financial challenges hence the state would not guarantee pay dates for civil servants.

Government workers are all currently getting payslips which do not indicate their next pay day.

Source : CAJ News Agency