Academic Terrorism – Zimbabwean Teacher gets US$673 Terminal Benefits For 26 Years Of Service
There is outrage among stakeholders as it emerged that a local teacher was paid ZW$57 242.72 as terminal benefits for 26 years of service.
While it might seem a large figure at first glance, this amount is actually equivalent to a mere US$673 on the official exchange rate. Worse still, on the widely accessible parallel market, this amount is equivalent to US$380.
The president of the Progressive Teachers’ Union (PTUZ), Dr Takavafira Zhou described the benefits as "academic terrorism."
"Academic terrorism, educational genocide and vandalism is when government gives a teacher who has worked for more than 26 years a Pension refund less than a monthly salary of a police officer or a soldier."
PTUZ shared on social media, the teacher’s letter which is dated 30 June 2021. In the social media post, PTUZ tagged the Public Service Commission, Finance minister Professor Mthuli Ncube and PTUZ Secretary-General Raymond Majongwe.
Academic terrorism, educational genocide and vandalism is when government gives a teacher who has worked for more than 26 years a Pension refund less than a monthly salary of a police officer or a soldier.
— Takavafira Zhou (@takavafira1967) August 22, 2021
Almost everyone who responded to this development had harsh words for the government.
Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) is a struggle-based teachers’ union, whose pre-occupation is the total emancipation of a teacher from workplace bullying and harassment as well as ensuring that the dignity of the teaching profession returns where it used to be. When you speak, we will listen. It is the only teachers’ union in the country where leaders are not bosses but servants.