Zimbabwe Teacher Receives Z$14 600 Pension After 18 Years Service: Unions Cry Foul

A union representing teachers in Zimbabwe has raised alarm after one of their members allegedly received Z$14,600 as his pension benefits after 18 years of service. The amount translates to US$172 using the official exchange rate and US$120 using the black market rate, which is more accessible to the majority of people.

Raymond Majongwe, the secretary-general of the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) took to social media to bemoan the compensation that the teacher received following 18 years on the job. Majongwe shared part of the letter that the teacher received from the pensions office and plaintively asked Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube,

What is our crime?

The letter that the teacher received advising him of his pension benefits reads in part,

REFUND OF PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS AND TERMINAL BENEFITS

As a result of the termination of your service on 03.02.2020 Ministry of Education, you are due the following benefits in terms of Pension Regulations:

Refund of Pension contributions paid……………………………………….8,521.56
Add Interest 4% of 18 Complete Years Service (72%)………………6,135.52
Total Benefits due……………………………………………………………………….14,657.08
Net Amount payable to you……………………………………………………..14,657.08

The above will be paid into your CBZ bank in May 2021.

Yours faithfully,
Sibanda Marvellous
For: General Manager, Pensions Management

Zimbabwe Teacher Receives Z$14 600 Pension After 18 Years Service: Unions Cry Foul
Zimbabwe Teacher Receives Z$14 600 Pension After 18 Years Service: Unions Cry Foul


Unsurprisingly, the revelation of the pension benefits due to a teacher after 18 years did not go down well with most people. Below are some of the reactions from Zimbabweans on social media to Majongwe’s post.

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