Coltart attacks teachers’ salaries slashing proposal PDF Print E-mail

Former Education minister David Coltart has condemned plans by government to slash teachers’ salaries in schools with a pass rate below 50%

 

Created: 25 Janaury 2016

 

Adapted from Southern Eye

 

 

Coltart said the policy measure was “unfair and unjust” and may lead to a further exodus of teachers to foreign lands

 

Presenting his 2016 National Budget, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said “all schools registering below 50% pass rate at Grade 7 and ‘O’ Level will have their teachers foregoing their April, August and December salaries”.

This is anticipated to cut the wage bill by 70% during school holidays. From January 1, 2017, Mr Speaker Sir, I further propose to have teachers remunerated on a pro rata [proportional] basis according to the pass rate at their respective schools,” he said then“

“Recognition is made that some teachers will be on zero salary and will thus survive on allowance.”

In a statement to Southern Eye, Coltart said: “I am appalled by Chinamasa’s policy statement regarding cutting teachers’ salaries in schools which achieve a pass rate below 50%

“While a performance-linked reward system can be a considerable inducement in any sector, this arrangement is fundamentally unfair and unjust. First, one cannot lump all teachers in a school together and penalise everyone.

“Inevitably, in many schools, there are good, hard-working teachers and bad, lazy teachers. The poor performance of the bad teachers may bring the overall pass rate down, but what Chinamasa’s scheme does is punish the good teachers as well.

“Second, there is a massive difference between the performance of relatively wealthy urban schools and poor rural schools. Children in the former can supplement their education by taking extra lessons; reading at better stocked libraries and the like

Coltart said Chinamasa should seriously reconsider the precedent he was setting

“If the police do not solve crimes, or bring down the incidence of corruption in Zimbabwe, are they going to lose their salaries too? In virtually every single government ministry or department,there are civil servants who do not perform as they should. The question is: Why has the minister decided to pick on teachers, the vast majority of whom are dedicated professionals who work for the betterment of our children, for minimal reward

 

 

 

 

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