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On Tuesday 12 February 2013 the Minister of Education, Sport, Art and Culture, Senator David Coltart and Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sifiso Ndlovu appeared on Power FM radio in the ZBC programme Power Talk hosted by radio presenter Oscar and Zane: held from 9pm – 10pm


Created : 14 February 2013


The Highlights

  • Government to re-introduce rural hardship allowance : Coltart
  • Incentives to stay until government is able to pay commensurate salaries: Coltart
  • Role of government to provide sufficient salaries: Ndlovu.

Speaking during the interview Senator DavidColtart revealed that teachers in the rural areas were living under difficult conditions and it was unfair that they were not getting incentives like their counterparts who teach in urban areas therefore after a series of discussion with the cabinet, the cabinet had finally agreed to the re-introduction of rural hardship allowance.

Also speaking during the Same program, the MrSifisoNdlovu commended Cabinet and government for finally listening to the voice of the unions by re- introducing the rural hardship allowance.He said this was necessary a necessity and a positive step towards motivating teachers in rural schools.

Responding tothe question on who was to blame for the declining standards of education as evidenced by the 2012 ZIMSEC results, Coltart said, during the economic meltdown experienced between 2005 and 2009 the education sector suffered as qualified teachers left the country due to poor salaries and the effects of the crisis were felt through the low passes.

“That the rate has fallen is primarily in my view a reflection of the extreme crisis experienced between 2005 an 2009 when thousands of teachers left the service and many teaching days were lost.” he said.

Responding to phone in questions during the programme, Ndlovu said remedial lessons were for important for those students who would be legging behind but noted concerns from parents on the on the manner in which the lessons were administered. He encouraged teachers not prioritise extra lessons over normal lessons as it was unethical and demeaned professionalism.

On the issue of incentives Mr Ndlovu said the incentives were contributing very little to the motivation of teachers as it was the role of the Government to provide sufficient salaries to educators, “incentives should retain their original meaning where parents optionally used them as a small token of appreciation to thank teachers for a job well done.” He quipped.

Mr Ndlovu emphasised that the government must unveil reasonable salaries for civil servants particularly teachers. He said ZIMTA will continue to press on government on the quantum levels of the rural hardship allowances


N.B The same discussion was also held during the televisionprogram: The Melting Pot at







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