THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has compiled the list of teachers who skipped lessons last month and sent it to the Public Service Commission as Government moves to enforce the policy of no-work no-pay.
This was disclosed yesterday by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, who adder that the list of teachers missing from their classrooms this month is already being collected.
Last week, Government urged teachers and other civil servants to carry out their duties normally while negotiations with their representatives for a salary adjustment continue.
But it was also made clear that the Government was implementing the standard global procedure of not paying those who were not at work without lawful excuse.
“Government reiterates that it will strictly apply the no-work no-pay labour principle to all cases of teacher absenteeism, and the responsible ministry has compiled and submitted a list of teachers that did not conduct lessons in March to the Public Service Commission. The April list is being compiled,” said Mutsvangwa.
Although negotiations are on-going, Government unilaterally raised civil service salaries 25 percent this month with a further 50 percent to be effected in June as it follows its other policy of boosting salaries as its revenues rise.
In its meetings with employees, Government has outlined the fiscal constraints, many emanating from a prolonged economic shutdown owing to the lockdown measures instituted to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, during which revenue generation was reduced.
The Government has the twin policies of ensuring long-term growth by ensuring recurrent expenditure, which includes salaries, are paid out of taxes, without borrowing or printing money, but will keep the slice of revenue devoted to pay roughly constant, meaning pay rises as tax revenues rise. – Herald ■