The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has lambasted Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube for imposing US$50 levy on Information Communication Technology gadgets.

They say this move would frustrate virtual or e-learning programs, by rendering gadgets unaffordable.

“We are shocked to learn of a USD 50 levy on cell phones.

“This will frustrate all efforts to adopt virtual learning & retard research.

“ICT goods bring a lot of opportunities in all sectors of the economy, they should be duty free,” says ARTUZ.

According to the teachers, the $50 tax does not make sense especially if it is a flat fee.

They say assuming the gadget costs $100 then the consumer will part with $150 for such essential ICT gadgets, a move which is counterproductive.