Student teachers in Zimbabwe are celebrating after the government increased their allowances from a measly US$1.50 per month to US$90 per month. The student teachers will also receive a Covid-19 risk allowance of US$75 per month.
This will take their total earnings to an equivalent of US$165 per month, a massive increase from the US$1.50 per month which they were earning before.
The increase in allowances is with effect from April 2021. Before that, the student teachers were earning ZWL$157 per month, which is approximately US$1.50.
Below is the communique announcing the increase in the allowances, which was announced by the secretary of the Public Services Commission, Jonathan Wutawunashe.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REVISED CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR STUDENT TEACHERS
Reterence is made to the attached Treasury Concurrence referenced C/30/1/3 dated 17 March 2021.
“The Public Service Commission has approved with the concurrence of treasury an increase on student teacher allowances from Z$157 to the bottom salary step of Grace C4, currently at Z$9,049 (total package) at at 01 November 2020 Salary key-scale”
“Regarding the US$75 Covid-19 Allowance, Treasury also concurred that it should be extended to Student Teachers as well, during their time on teaching practice and it should be paid concurrently with their monthly allowances in local currency after converting it ot the prevailing auction exchange rate on the date of payment.
“The General Manager Payroll Management is advised to pay both, the Student Teacher Allowance and extend the US$75 Covid-19 Allowance to Student Teachers, with effect from 01 April 2021.
The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) welcomed the move to increase the student teachers’ allowances. The union, however, called on the government to extend the allowances to University students who will be on teaching practice.