Spate Of Suicides By Teachers Shocks Zimbabwe

Even though suicide is considered the 19th most common cause of death in Zimbabwe, a slew of suicides by teachers has shocked the country.

According to the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), as many as 380 teachers have committed suicides in the country from 2008-2020. The country boasts 136,000 school teachers teaching 4.6 million students.Zimbabwe's Teachers Demand Salaries in US Dollars | Voice of America -  English

Thulani Maphosa, 36, who worked as a contract teacher, was found hanging from a tree at his rural home in Nkayi in April. He had been dismissed from the service due to the continuous closure of schools due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

“He was always sad after he lost his job. He found it hard to accept that he was now without a job,” said 61-year-old James Ndumiso, Maphosa’s uncle.

Last year in March, 54-year-old Ntabiso Sibanda, a teacher from Magwegwe North suburb in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, was also found hanging from a tree.

The body of the teacher was discovered by two boys who were collecting firewood near the Magwegwe Sewage Treatment plant.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, psychiatrist Anesu Chinoperekwei blamed economic challenges for the rising suicide cases here.

“Suicide is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the world and we are seeing a rise in the incidence of suicide cases every day. I would like to say amongst the things that contribute to people committing suicide are economic challenges,” he said.

In Zimbabwe, teachers earn less than $200 a month, a meager amount to keep body and soul together for a family. Anadolou

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