blog-z.jpg Pictured above is Raymond Majongwe, Secretary of the PTUZ. Members of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) have gone on indefinite strike in state run schools from Thursday 24th January. They are pressing for better salaries and more money for educational materials.

Teachers in Zimbabwean schools have had a pay settlement imposed on them, amounting to just 28 US dollars a month, With inflation running at anything between 8,000% and 50,000%, teachers are no longer able to afford basic supplies, leave alone ‘extras’ like fridges or televisions. Many teachers have migrated to neighbouring countries like Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana to do menial jobs in order to feed their families.

 

The teachers are also dismayed by the crumbling buildings in which they have to teach and the lack of basic materials in schools.

 

The Secretary of PTUZ Raymond Majongwe has said that teachers will not return to work until their demands are met. The union is calling on parents to support the strike. The state of the education service in Zimbabwe affects everyone – teachers and learners alike and it is important for the people to stand together with the teachers to support their cause.