Today 120 parents and 20 teachers convened at Methodist Church in Mutoko to dialogue on state of Zimbabwe’s education.
The occasion was graced by the leadership of Zimbabwe Victims of Political Persecution Association, ZVPPA and Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe.
The meeting set up a 10 member education board for Mutoko district and set out the following demands:
- The need for the payment of descent salaries to teachers
- An Education equalisation fund
- Rural retention and attraction allowance for teachers
- Urgent review of the new curriculum
- Addressing Manpower shortages in schools
- Electrification of rural schools
- Regular audits for SDC funds
- Depoliticisation of Schools
The parents and teachers marched to Mutoko District Education offices and handed over a petition to the District Schools Inspector, Mr Katuka.
Police arrived when we were dispersing and picked some female protestors. We are still ascertaining the number of people picked by the police.
This is second Parents Teachers’ interface meeting after the inaugural one held in Chitungwiza.
ARTUZ is set to conduct such meetings in all education districts in Zimbabwe.
We are building a national consensus of defending the right to education.
Source: Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ)