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Aids funds: teachers getting a raw deal

AFTER taking a cursory glance at the list of beneficiaries of Aids funds in 2003/04 published in the Financial Gazette of August 5, I was dismayed at the way the National Aids Council (Nac) did the allocations.



ONT face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Some of the organisations which benefited from the funds are the Zimbabwe National Army which got $30 million, the Zimbabwe Prison Service $20 million, and the Air Force of Zimbabwe which received $40 million, among many others.


What disturbs me however, is the fact that the teaching profession got a raw deal in the payouts. Teachers in Zimbabwe constitute a large percentage of the civil service and the national workforce at large compared to all the sectors of society.


Teachers alone make a significant contribution each month to the Nac through the Aids levy but to my utter dismay neither of the teachers’ associations – Zimta and the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) – or the Ministry of Education received any funds.


Does it mean that teachers in Zimbabwe are not infected or affected by the Aids pandemic currently gripping Zimbabwe and the entire world?


Musa Mabeza,

Harare.

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