Teachers hit out at Dokora

BULAWAYO - Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora is set on a collision course with teachers’ representatives riled by a recent directive for practising teachers  without core subjects to sit for them within a  stipulated time or lose their jobs.

Teachers who failed Ordinary Level mathematics, science and English subjects have been asked to go back and re-sit the exams to meet the government’s required professional standards.

Teachers said they were waiting for the return of President Robert Mugabe to register their complaints against the way Dokora is discharging his duties, which they regard as detrimental to the education system.

Mugabe is away in Singapore for a “routine eye check-up.”

The union’s reaction comes after a circular from the ministry was distributed to headmasters asking them to compile and submit names of teachers who failed the three core subjects.

Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president Takavafira Zhou said while trying to come to terms with the new directive, teachers had also learnt of new developments that the Dokora-led ministry is preparing to implement.

“We have learnt with shock that our ministry is mooting a position not to pay teachers’ salaries for April, August and December because we will be on holiday and not rendering any service to the government. We have also learnt that all sporting activities in school will only be done on Saturdays because they disturb lessons during the week,” Zhou said in a statement.

According to the circular, the curriculum has to change within the next four months and all teachers without science, mathematics and English at ‘O’ level irrespective of the subject and other higher qualifications they hold must rewrite these subjects within a grace period. Those that fail to comply will be rejected by the system.

But the teachers’ union has vowed not to let the education sector built over 34 years be destroyed in less than a year by what it termed “misguided and overzealous elements in government”.

Teachers plan to alert Mugabe that teachers and their representatives have lost faith in the minister like they did the last time he appointed Aeneas Chigwedere as minister.

Zhou said if no action is taken “we will be left with no action but to hit the streets”.

The PTUZ president said the directive from the ministry was out of sync with the government economic blueprint ZimAsset.

“We have gone through the ZimAsset document and it has nothing of the nonsense we are experiencing now. One wonders what has gone wrong with Dokora even though he constantly makes reference to the document,” he said.

Comments (15)

I see no reason why teachers are crying because they have been asked to sit for Maths, English and Science they failed in the first place, there is nothing sinister about the directive, I would like to think that during the time these teachers enrolled in these colleges there were many aspiring candidates with five O levels including Maths, English and Science who failed to get places because of the corruption in the selecting system I for one know a lot of people who were failed to get places because of corruption why are you afraid to re-write the subjects, are you teaching the children or you are cheating

Nyamhangambiri - 23 May 2014

This is a very serious case Honourable Dokora is saying. This truly must not be acceptable at all. The required qualifications for one to train as a Teacher were lowered then, we should accept it and move on. So even the students that were taught by teachers without these subjects will have to resit as well ? This will also have to go into the Defence ministry, all soldiers without five O'Levels including Maths and Science will have to resit as well ? Move on to the Health Ministry, all nurses without the three must go back to school again. Zviroto zviroto Cde Minister, munenge mati rasikei zvishoma. Sporting activities are part of the curriculum hence must be done during the week Cde Minister. Why on Saturday and not on sunday ? Are you trying to say those who worship on Saturday should now forget about sporting activities under "your" Ministry ? Lord intervene ! Cde Dokora, think, consult before you say that. Thank you

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WERTHJITFCF - 23 May 2014

If we think alike we should bear in mind that if these teachers are dedicated at work then they are capable of discharging their duties. Those you are supporting are those who run away when there is a tide coming.I expect you to apply result based performance so that you can weed out dead wood.

WATYOKA T . S. - 23 May 2014

Hey Coltart uripiko? Hona zvoitwa nemuchinda wekuramba vakadzi uyu!!

hey - 23 May 2014

this is new only to ministry of education. the ministry of transport is now requiring every public service driver to go for a retest cz their work involves human beings. this shows every person doing work for the public must go back for refresher course even health i m sure. its only a matter of time.

zim 40 - 23 May 2014

Maths ngadzinyogwe dzipasiwe ndiko kuti vana vanodzidziswa vagozopasa. Maths and Science bring some critical thinking and analysis, so they are important. Dokora is right but on incentives he is wrong. Alternatively let us give incentives to those who have Maths , English and Science.

Bhora mberi - 23 May 2014

I personally think a full O level certificate comprises these three core subjects and two others. So people must not cry foul when the minister is only trying to correct a misnomer. Just thinking aloud.

joker - 24 May 2014

Why are our educators crying??? Surely a mistake has to be corrected at some point. You call yourself graduate yet you do not have maths, science and english!! No ways, Dokora is damn right. Endai kuchikoro munotyei

Jomu Pee - 24 May 2014

Jamu u a also damn right, unfortunately the minister will be forced to climb down on his decision as most of these teachers without the core subjects used their Boarder Gezi qulification to be our tutors

cytron - 24 May 2014

The Minister is very correct. These teachers were busy bribing their way to getting a job at the expense of our children and those who duly qualified nut did not have a bribe. look at the quality of our education now because of madofo iwayo ari mateacher futi!! Listen to the language yemadofo, zvanzi if you don't listen to us we hit the streets. Bull shit!!! Madofo nehusimbe hazvisiyane that's why they think of strikes and still need to go pabank for salaries without working. Minister please put a proper presentation to the president and chase away those who don't want to comply. No wonder why the country's production is going down, madofo arikuwanda because of mamwe madofo!!!

Chikwaka - Mbano - 24 May 2014

ko avo vanodzidzisa shona, bible knowledge, history neArt vanoshandisa maths papi. Dr Hunzvi dzokai, makasiya mangoti maiMujuru i96% disabled, Kangai 120% disabled; ndoda kuti muite examine Dokororo uyu asati andipushirira future yevana vangu

Taku - 24 May 2014

maticha endai munonyora, munotyei kana muchigona,kana musingadi ibvaiko tiuye isu tinazvo, vana vapase tigowedzerwa mari mushure mokuonekwa kugona kwedu, chenyu kungochema chema kuti mari ishoma chete.

law ziso - 24 May 2014

This is a great move that has been taken by the minister, we can't afford to have teachers without Mathematics, English and Science in a country like ours. This is the time teachers must go and write the exam and pass it, failing to do so will render them irrelevant in the education department. Thank you minister.

Tackura Mudyano - 24 May 2014

Has any research been done by the Hon. Minister to prove those without Maths are failing to teach Ndebele, History, Shona, Tonga, English and all arts subjects well? Does something called job to holder mean anything to those pushing for a rewrite by the teachers? i believe all we need to do is to ensure those coming in have the subjects.. for those who are in already we keep them on a job to holder basis.. till they retire.

Mr. A - 26 May 2014

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