Zimbabwean Lecturer Rejects Job Offer From Ghanaian University Over Poor Salary
25 August 2021
A Zimbabwean lecturer has rejected an appointment from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) over poor salary.
Dr Matthew Chiwaridzo was supposed to be a senior lecturer at the Department of Physiotherapy and Sport Sciences.
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He mentioned that as a Senior Lecturer grade in Zimbabwe, he is paid US$1 500 per month and not the US$760.00 offered by KNUST. Said Chiwaridzo:
Please note that I am currently in the Senior Lecturer grade (ZWL 1, 561 248.00 per annum; USD 1.500 per month) at the University of Zimbabwe.
It is for this economical reason that I decline the offer of employment at KNUST and will want to explore other opportunities.
The University Teacher Association of Ghana (UTAG) has for a very long time been fighting for better conditions of service as well as a good salary for its members.
Chiwaridzo's decision comes days after the UTAG suspended their strike over poor conditions of service and the failure of the government to resolve long-standing grievances.
The 2012 conditions of service pegged the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42, but the Ghanaian government has since failed to implement that condition of service for lecturers in the country.