Zimbabwean teachers protest for more pay

HARARE - Teachers have taken to the streets of Harare, demanding better salaries and annual bonuses.

File: It's believed Zimbabwe's teachers are some of the worst paid in the world.

File: It’s believed Zimbabwe’s teachers are some of the worst paid in the world.

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It’s believed Zimbabwe’s teachers are some of the worst paid in the world.

The protest was led by the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe’s Raymond Majongwe.

The union’s secretary general accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of not attending to their concerns.

Teachers say they’re struggling to put food on the table and to pay for their children to go to school.

“We are simply saying to government, the bonus had become a right [and] not a privilege anymore,” said Majongwe.

Herbert Mugwagwa, a local teacher, said life is extremely difficult.

“We are being paid in bond notes, which is equivalent to US$75 and we are expected to perform.”

The teachers marched to the Finance Ministry and to Premier Medical Aid Society offices.

Teachers say the service offered by the government’s medical scheme is poor.

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