Deputy Head convicted for pupil assault

Deputy Head convicted for pupil assault 1

By Gibson Mhaka A deputy head at Nyamandlovu Primary School was found guilty of committing a “serious breach of trust” when she brutally assaulted a Grade Seven Pupil several times on the head with a mopane switch as punishment for making noise. Victoria Vambe Victoria Vambe (52) was arrested after the 12-year-old pupil’s father learnt of the horrendous crime and notified the police. This was after the boy, who sustained bruises on the scalp and swollen eyes, also developed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the assault.…

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Presidential scholarship bosses arrested

Presidential scholarship bosses arrested 2

By Kudakwashe Mugari The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) yesterday arrested three Government officials for allegedly abusing the Presidential Scholarship Programme. Deputy Director Scholarships in the Office of the President and Cabinet Oliver Mucherwa and two workers in the same office — Godknows Mupembe and Silent Mubariki — were nabbed for allegedly doctoring an invitation letter from Fort Hare University in South Africa. ZACC spokesperson Commissioner John Makamure confirmed the arrests yesterday, saying the trio will appear in court today. ‘‘We have arrested Oliver Mucherwa, Deputy Director Scholarships in the Office…

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UK to allow graduating foreign students to look for work in visa rules shake-up

UK to allow graduating foreign students to look for work in visa rules shake-up 3

LONDON, England – An overhaul of international student visa rules by the United Kingdom will allow future students to stay for a further two years after graduating in order to find work. The proposals, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, cover foreign students who start courses in 2020/21 at undergraduate level or above. Hundreds of Zimbabwean students are believed to be studying in British universities, although the exact figures are not available. As of 2017/18, according to official international enrollment statistics, 458,520 international students were attending university in the UK.…

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Civil servants accept immediate pay increase but hold out for interbank-linked salaries

Civil servants accept immediate pay increase but hold out for interbank-linked salaries 5

HARARE – Civil servants have accepted a 76 percent salary increase starting this month, but say they continue holding out for salaries adjusted to keep up with the United States dollar on the interbank foreign exchange market. The government last Friday proposed a 60 percent pay increase for doctors, while offering a 76 percent raise for the rest of the civil service, in a bid to avert crippling strikes by state workers. But unions representing doctors and teachers said they rejected the government offers, which would see the lowest paid…

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Unions reject government pay over as doctors give notice to strike

Unions reject government pay over as doctors give notice to strike 7

HARARE – Teachers and doctors, who make up the bulk of the public service, on Monday rejected the government’s wage offer, with medical personnel threatening a strike if their demand to have their wages benchmarked in the U.S. dollar is not met. The government on Friday proposed a 60 percent pay increase for doctors, while offering a 76 percent raise for the rest of the civil service, in a bid to avert crippling strikes by state workers. But in separate statements, the main unions representing the doctors and the teachers…

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Unions reject government pay offer as doctors give notice to strike

Unions reject government pay offer as doctors give notice to strike 9

HARARE – Teachers and doctors, who make up the bulk of the public service, on Monday rejected the government’s wage offer, with medical personnel threatening a strike if their demand to have their wages benchmarked in the U.S. dollar is not met. The government on Friday proposed a 60 percent pay increase for doctors, while offering a 76 percent raise for the rest of the civil service, in a bid to avert crippling strikes by state workers. But in separate statements, the main unions representing the doctors and the teachers…

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Zimbabwean Tererai Trent ‘humbled’ by New York statue

Zimbabwean Tererai Trent ‘humbled’ by New York statue 11

A Zimbabwean-born academic who taught herself to read from her brother’s schoolbooks says she was shocked to learn that a life-size statue of her would be unveiled in the US. Zimbabwean Tererai Trent ‘humbled’ by New York statue “I’m just so humbled – it is unbelievable,” Tererai Trent told BBC Focus on Africa. “Can you believe I am standing so tall in New York City?” “We know that 3% of statues in the city are female,” Ms Trent said. “My great-grand-mother, my grandmother, my mother – ha! – they would…

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Zimbabwe offers to raise civil servants’ salaries by 76 percent

Zimbabwe offers to raise civil servants’ salaries by 76 percent 12

HARARE – The government has offered to raise public sector wages by 76 percent, the umbrella group for public sector unions said on Friday, up from an initial offer of a 10 percent hike that the unions had rejected. The unions group, known as the APEX Council, said that the new offer was still below what workers were demanding and that it would mean the lowest paid civil servants earned 1,023 Zimbabwe dollars per month compared with their demand of 4,750 dollars. The council said that it would consult its…

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Zimbabwe’s Education Amendment Bill: What you need to know

Zimbabwe’s Education Amendment Bill: What you need to know 14

HARARE – The Education Amendment Bill is currently before Parliament. The proposed law introduces some important changes to the Education Act which governs education policy in Zimbabwe. Given the far-reaching, bipartisan nature of the Bill, every citizen must be familiar with some of the key changes that the law seeks to introduce. One major criticism is that the bill does not provide for the safety of students and teachers in circumstances where they may be subjected to political involvement. That said, there are progressive aspects of the bill, including the…

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UZ probes accommodation scam

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On Aug 19, 2019 35,466 The University of Zimbabwe has begun investigating malcontents found to have cashed in on students desperate for accommodation. University of Zimbabwe (UZ) : Campus Overview This development comes after some students told this publication about the accommodation scandal at their institution. In a statement, University of Zimbabwe regretted the inconvenience that might have been caused to innocent students, their parents and guardians by the alleged scam. “Further to the story that appeared in the H-Metro newspaper of Thursday, 15 August 2019 under the heading ‘Accommodation…

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