WASHINGTON DC —
Teachers in Zimbabwe joined millions of people in other countries on Saturday in commemorating World Teachers' Day.
Raymond Majongwe of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said the commemorations held in Harare were well attended with teachers demanding better pay and improved working conditions.
“We had other nine commemorations across the country. The Harare event was held at Africa Square and was graced by the minister of education, his deputy and permanent secretary,” said Majongwe.
He told VOA Studio 7 that teachers urged union leaders to push for higher salaries following the submission of a working document on state employees’ wages to the new government a week ago.
They are demanding that the lowest paid worker, currently getting less than $300, be paid at least $540 a month.
“The most import thing we have to underscore here is the political will. The fact that this government has hit the ground running is an indication that they are willing to engage us on this issue,” he said.