In an effort to stave off a national teachers strike, the Zimbabwean government released funds on Tuesday to pay teachers who had gone without pay during the holiday season, says the largest teachers organisation that had threatened to not return to the classroom.
“It’s a very sad Christmas, it’s a very sad holiday indeed,” Richard Gundane, the president ofZimta, the Zimbabwe Teachers Association, told RFI. “Teachers have gone into Christmas without salaries,” he adds.
Most of the teachers work far from their homes, and need their salaries just to return home, as well as buying groceries and preparing for the holidays, says Gundane.
Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa had originally said that workers would not be paid until 2016 due to government budget constraints, angering politicians and workers who were affected, including polices, nurses and the armed forces. Read more