Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) welcomes with joy and expectations of delivery from the new Minister Hon. Paul Mavima.

We will not list Dokora’s crimes in the education sector but will instead draw focus on agent reforms which are needed.

The new curriculum must be revised and implemented in a way which takes cognisant of our socio-economic reality. Compulsory subjects must be revised by scrapping away such subjects as mass displays and physical education and emphasise critical learning areas which are crucial for development.

The education act need to be urgently aligned to the constitution so that the right to education guaranteed therein is fortified by law. Our call is that basic education which must be funded by the state should be up to ordinary level and must be compulsory.

The Ministry must also ensure that schools are safe for teachers and learners. During Dokora’s reign teachers and students were grossly abused by being forced to abandon their work and learning so as to attend political rallies. This must come to an immediate end. As part of our Safe Schools campaign we will be closely monitoring the situation in schools.

The bogus and exclusive process of wanting to set up a dubious Teacher Professional Council (TPC) must be stopped immediately and fresh and genuine inclusive process is started.

So we congratulate Hon. Paul Mavima he must be aware that he is taking a hot seat which requires soberness, and inclusivity. We hope that the departure of Dokora will mark a new era of engagement between ARTUZ and the ministry.

As a union we will continue to fight for pro-poor education and improvement of working conditions for our members without fear or favour.

Source: Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ)