PTUZ demands cushion for disabled teachers’ aides

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EDUCATORS in the country have expressed dismay over government’s decisions to overlook assistants of teachers living with disability when it gave a cushioning allowance to civil servants, the Daily News reports.
Government awarded a $750 cushioning allowance across the board this month to hedge their income against inflation but left out those who work with educators living with disability.
In a letter to Public Service Commission chairperson Vincent Hungwe dated January 21, Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Raymond Majongwe expressed concern that the aides’ morale was being compromised.
“When everyone else was given a cushioning allowance this month, this group was discriminated against and never got the same. This obviously impacts negatively on their effective and efficient discharge of duty. Timeous payment of the same to this group will ensure no one is prejudiced, especially against the background of runaway inflation characterising our economy,” Majongwe said.
Last year, the same group was overlooked again when teachers were paid bonus until the PTUZ intervened by way of writing to Hungwe.
Majongwe expressed concern that despite meeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa on December 21, 2018 — together with Hungwe — where the issue was raised and a commitment was made to address the anomaly, there still seems to be no appetite on the part of the government to give equal treatment to its employees.
Hungwe’s mobile number was not immediately available for comment when the Daily News sought to get his reaction.
Teachers with disability work with assistants who help them execute their duties efficiently while receiving payment by government.
This comes as the government last week offered its workers a 139 percent salary increment which was however, rejected by civil servants who argued it will not change their situation of incapacitation.
Government workers want their employer to pay salaries pegged at the US$ interbank rate.
But government is adamant that it has no fiscal space to meet their demands, claiming it is operating on a shoe-string budget.

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