Zimbabwean lecturer rejects KNUST appointment because of poor salary
Zimbabwean lecturer rejects KNUST appointment because of poor salary

Zimbabwean lecturer rejects KNUST appointment because of poor salary

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A Zimbabwean lecturer has turned down a position as Senior Lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in the Department of Physiotherapy and Sports Science because of a poor salary.

In a letter of rejection from the university, Dr. Matthew Chiwaridzo states that the annual salary of Ghc55,104.05 (USD 760.00 per month) does not include a basic monthly salary of a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe (ZWL 1,293,708.00 per year: USD 1,283 per month).

“Please note that I am currently in the Senior Lecturer Grade (ZWL 1, 561,248.00 per year; USD 1,500 per month) at the University of Zimbabwe due to a PhD with a focus on Physiotherapy, 35 publications, 2 scholarship projects and 7 Years of satisfactory teaching, industrialization, innovation and research experience. For this economic reason I reject the job offer at KNUST and would like to explore other possibilities. “

The Zimbabwean professor’s decision comes days after the Ghana University Teachers Association canceled its two-week strike over poor service conditions and the government’s inability to resolve long-standing grievances.

The 2012 terms of service set an instructor’s base and market premium at $ 2,084.42, but the government has since failed to implement these instructor service terms in the country.

According to UTAG President Professor Charles Marfo, the current agreement has lowered its members’ base premiums to $ 997.84.

He added that the starting salary of a lecturer is less than 2000 Ghc, while a professor earns less than 5000 Ghc per month.

Source: StarrFM Online

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