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Withdrawal of Incentives for Teachers: Wither the Teaching Profession in Zimbabwe?

Abstract

The study explored the effect of the withdrawal of incentives on the motivation of teachers in Zimbabwe. A sample forty-six teachers (15 male and 31 female) were interviewed using a self-administered questionnaire. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. The study found that both male and female teachers were dissatisfied with the withdrawal of incentives by the government. The findings showed that teachers engaged in side activities in order to supplement wages and salaries after the withdrawal of incentives. The government and stakeholders should consider indirect incentives such as affordable schemes for houses, motor vehicles and waiver for school fees for teachers’ children to enhance teachers’ motivation and job commitment.

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