Thousands of teachers graduating from colleges are joining the jobless market.
Holding their newly-collected certificates, they exchange muted goodbyes and hug each other in farewell before walking out towards the gate, or rather into the world of unemployment, to join hundreds of thousands of other qualifications holders who have been rendered unemployed by President Robert Mugabe’s government through its disastrous economic policies.
With the economy crisis deepening, government — also reeling under an acute revenue inflow decline exacerbated by the declining economic activity in the county — has plans to “drastically reduce the civil service wage bill”, with Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa having said during the 2016 national budget presentation last December that the “rationalisation of the civil service would save $14,2 million per month”.
The rationalisation measures were announced on the back of another announcement last year that in its employment, government had thousands of teaching staff who held non-teaching qualifications and there were plans to replace the non-qualified teachers with fresh graduates, a move that would create 20 000 jobs for the newly-qualified teachers.
This has not happened, as government appears to fail to adequately fund the current civil service salary requirements, amid allegations some fringe ministries are harbouring ghost or non-essential workers that unnecessarily burden the public service salary bill. standard