Student teachers on teaching practice currently receive a monthly allowance of ZWL$5 656. It was raised from ZWL$150 a few months ago following sustained pressure from unions representing teachers.
Council Of Student Teachers (COST), spokesperson Bright Gomera has accused both Hwange Teacher’s College and United College of Education, which oversees the former’s affairs, of exploiting the student teachers.
In a statement, Gomera charged that the predicament being faced by HTC student teachers shows a lack of leadership in government offices. He said:
Hwange Teacher’s College authorities claim that the mishap is not their fault. According to them, they forwarded the relevant information to SSB on time and hence the fault should be with the paying services of the government.
This is not a new game, it has been practised in all government institutions. They try to clear their names and paint others black when they are the real snakes.
HTC is supposed to receive payslips every month-end from the Public Service’s SSB. When they did not see those coming they decided to fold their hands and relax.
Woe to you Hwange Teacher’s College staff, woe to you United College Of Education who are supposed to oversee the newly formed college against proponents of misery.
HTC opened its doors to students in 2019 with the initial enrolment standing at 150 students.
Sixty-five per cent of the students enrolled at the satellite teachers’ college are from Matabeleland North province.