Rural allowances back: Matibenga

The allowance for teachers serving in rural areas, that was scrapped alongside the Zim dollar, is set to be re-introduced, according to Public Service Minister, Lucia Matibenga. “We are dealing with this issue of giving teachers rural allowances. It is of paramount importance to make sure that they meet challenges of working in a rural set up,” she said. “I have discussed the issue with Finance Minister Tendai Biti. As we speak, the cabinet committee on workers’ welfare i

Public Service Minister, Lucia Matibenga.
Public Service Minister, Lucia Matibenga.

The re-introduction of the allowance will go a long way towards motivating teachers who have been shunning deployment to rural areas. Because of the reluctance of qualified teachers to work in rural areas, schools in non-urban communities tend to be staffed by unqualified personnel, and produce poor results.

Most of the schools lack electricity, accommodation is poor and they have no chance for further education and training. According to Zimbabwe Government Online, rural teachers are set to receive ‘‘20 % of their gross salaries as an allowance to cover incentives which their urban counterparts receive monthly from parents and guardians”.

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