Grade 7 markers angry over $2 payment

TEACHERS in Masvingo who marked the 2013 Grade 7 examinations are disgruntled over the paltry $2 payment that the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) has paid them so far saying the money made a mockery of their profession.

TATENDA CHITAGU, OWN CORRESPONDENT

Marking of the public examination was completed in 12 days.

The teachers said they were shocked to be handed $2 at the end of the marking exercise at Masvingo Teachers’ College and initially refused to take the
money, but changed their minds after being addressed by a Zimsec official who cooled down tempers.

“That is a mockery of our profession. How can you explain to your wife that you were away for 12 days just to return home with $2? That is very unfair. It was better if they had given us a reasonable amount even if they are to pay the remainder later,” said one of the affected teachers.

However, Zimsec Masvingo regional director Silvanos Dandira said the $2 was just a transport allowance for teachers from urban areas and insisted that they would be paid their dues for marking the exams.

“There could be disgruntlement, but the truth of the matter is that it was just for transport. Those from rural areas got more, including their lunch allowances,” Dandira said.

“It was resident marking and they were provided with food. We got a directive from head office and the situation is the same for all markers countrywide. It is not a Masvingo case alone.”

He insisted that the markers will get more money in due course.

“Something more is coming, but I cannot disclose the figures to the Press. The markers know that and they agreed to those figures in the contract that they signed,” he said.

35 Comments

  1. Ya ndokunonzi kukwara kwara nyaya manje uku.

  2. even, if they say imari yeBus fare it doesn’t make sence at all cn u divide dat $2 by 12days dat they were marking those exams, wat do get? Handisati ndaona muZim panikwirwa Kombi 16c. Ndavatsvage zvimwe zvekunyepa nazvo! On top wakuti taivapa chikafu, akavaudza kuti kumba kwavo Kwanga kusina chikafu, ndiyani? Even ukandipa chikafu does dat mean u hve fed my family aswell? Itai sevanhu vakadzidza mhani!

    Ndini wenyu muGrade 1B,
    Walter Koffi

  3. Teachers need not be paid 4 marking pupils’ exams bcoz it’s part of their job. They get their salaries + unnecessary incentives at è end of the month.

    1. It is unfortunate that the paper is read by some people who do not know how ministries run and how examinations are conducted.It is not a question of incentives which teachers get that could determine their dues,What asylum needs to know is that when marking these examinations,its not that the teacher will be marking his pupils exercise books but the whole of the region mind you.Again when marking it will be the subject experts for the region that would be doing the marking not people like asylum.You should not hate the teaching profession may be you did not have the pre requisite to join the profession and you were left behind so please analyse and inderstand other ppeople’s professions.

      1. Asylum’s response ranks as the most puerile comment I have read in this column. At times it is better to be silent than to expose your shallowness,

    2. I feel sorry for my fellow civil servants. Asylum tiitirewo mushe nhaika Zimsec is the responsible for paying teachers who did the marking and its only them who can do the marking and they have to be paid. I foresee problems with marking of O & A’level exams if these teachers are not paid. Muchazotiitira sezvamakaita rwendo rwuya kumakisa masoja asina kana zvaanoziva vaitotadza kufiller questionnaire reCensus, nxaaaaaaa

    3. @Asylum Wopakure mbodza

    4. Bhadharai maTeacher. If I was president, Nurse naTeacher would recieve highest salaries inth nation

    5. Kana newewo zvaurikutaura zviri kumaker sense here? Nyarawo mhan

  4. Was this $2 paid per paper marked, or they just received $2 each regardless of the number of papers marked. Muri kuti vakapiwa $2 after 12 days.!

    1. @Simpson

      Please read the whole story.

  5. Zimbabweans we say our education is the best in africa and got over 90% literacy rate. But the education is useless because tinobvuma kunyeberwa nezvinhu zviri pachena. Takanyeberwa: patainzi nevakuru vedu tivake matuckshop nedzimba pasingabvumirwi ivo vachiziva, zvakanzi industry irikurunner as soon after elections, hezvo maakupihwa $2 mamaka maexams. Kukundwa kufunga nevedzimwe nyika vasina kudzidza mamwe magrade 5 anoona kuti tirikunyeberwa.

  6. This is typical of ZANU PF..

    Thats what they do exactly.

    Ukada kuti ndipei mari yangu wonzi hausi “patriotic”

    Ukada kutsvaga rimwe basa ku South wonzi “Pasi Newe”

    Ukada kuti u demonstrate wonzi “Enemy of the state”
    Ikati uvhoterewo mumwe anogona wonzi “Puppet of the West”

    Haaa zvandikona wakati vharazipi

    1. Stop talking politics. visit http://www.olufamous.com

  7. Takavaudza kuti siyanai nekumarker vakaita nharo.ndiyoyo munoona moto neZIM Kuseka.

  8. I was once involved in this marking thing it has never been fair since its inception I mean G 7 marking

  9. I agree with u #abbie makiwa. Since when have these markers paid their grants by hands. They were sincerely offered bus fares and food allowances. That does not constitute any portion of their marking fees. Let’s be supportive of our gvt and move on towards success. Cheers

  10. hurumnde iripo ngaibveeeeeeeee taneta isu nekugara kunze kwenyika

  11. HAA HOW DO U EXPLAIN GIVING A PROFESSIONAL $2 FOR ANT RENDERED SERVICE NEXT TIME VANORAMBAKA.. HAA NXA. ASYLUM TIITIRE MUSHE

  12. Lol
    Ha ha ha $2 yanyanya, I thot it was $2 per paper
    Lol

  13. Haaa Rambai makashinga, Zimbabwe ndeyedu.

  14. hapana utsinye uno kunda uyu.

  15. Vanhu musacheme zvisina basa apa, the headline is just misleading or we have dumb teachers… How do they even agree to start marking the papers before agreeing on remuneration? And we expect you kuti vana vapase, nxaaaa. Year in Year out, you are crying foul, why??????? Even mu GNU chaimo maingochema, why not agree on your personal terms before starting basa? Munonyanya kutorana pachibhururu and you try to make unnecessary noise, that’s being unpatriotic vafana…\

    1. Hey, there was money that was agreed to when the contracts were signed but chanetsa ndechekuti contract haina kutaura zve $2 ba,they agreed to an amount of money, probably way more than $2 and they are yet to receive that money, hence being disgruntled. Chokwadi a week and a half kunodzoka ne $2? How can one not cry foul? It’s foul!

  16. Was it $2.00 cash or was it in CHEQUE form?

    I mean vakapiwa cash here kana Cheki?

  17. Hurumende ngaikumbire mari ku government yobva yazobhara ma teacher mari yavo.

  18. in south africa teachers get R15,000 for one week of marking what a shame

  19. Patriotism haidyiwe.

  20. basa wakapinda wega, kumaka wakauya wega, kuvhota wakavhota wega,futi ndiwe waitovhotesa. ko zvino wochemeizve. unokarone une mavovo iwe. hausi kuda kungokonzera unnecessary panic here iwe. zvino isu ukatiudza tisu here tingakubhadhara. udza vawakaitira basa but ungwarire kusangowawata zvisina maturo.

  21. Unoona vachimhanya futi kunomaka next yeat votanga kuchema …muchadzidza rini ? Zvamunenge marema egaega vadzidzisi vacho !

  22. they must stop making noise.ngavashandire nyika.

    1. Endaka iwewe unoshandira $2 for 12 days and let’s see how you like it.

  23. MaGrade 7 anobhadhara Examination fees here?

    Asi apa pakashaishwe mushando diko anamutape. Chimusangano chaBa Chatunga hachinei naashandi.
    Mushandi shinga akadi.

  24. So the ZIMSEC Mash Central guys were better organised hey!!!! Vanhu veMasvingo mungape munhu $2 chaiyo? Mandishamisa kkkkkk.

  25. Chiiko chirikumboitika munyika yeZimbabwe? We’ve reduced our teachers to two dhoraz??? Aahhaa musadaro vanhuwe

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