Teachers want meeting with Mugabe

HARARE - State teachers have requested a meeting with President Robert Mugabe to discuss their delayed remuneration and the attempt to cancel their annual vacation.

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has forwarded the request to the presidency, amid teacher complaints that the president — a teacher by profession — is being misled about their plight by minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora and his Public Service counterpart Prisca Mupfumira.

Unions and government have been at loggerheads since December over late payment of salaries and bonuses.

The rift widened when government sent circulars to schools demanding that all teachers on vacation return to their stations for a head count by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Teachers have particularly been incensed by the new decree to go on leave after 14 years of service.

This comes as the PTUZ has petitioned CSC chairperson Mariyawanda Nzuwa, Dokora and Mupfumira to stick to the provisions of Statutory Instrument 1 of 2000 or Public Service Regulations, outlining conditions of service for government workers.

“In a meeting conducted on January 29, we recommended the following issues as a matter of concern, that is, meet president Mugabe as PTUZ as we have lost faith in the other associations and unions, for we strongly feel that he is being ill-advised by the concerned ministers,” PTUZ said in a communiqué.

PTUZ national coordinator Ladistous Zunde told the Daily News yesterday that some of the issues they wanted to be addressed were the teaching pedagogy qualification that is wanted.

He said some teachers have been serving for a very long time but because they do not have the requisite qualifications, they could be fired.

“Zimbabwe is at the apex of countries on the continent with the best education and it is because of these teachers that they want to disregard,” Zunde said.

“They have a lot of experience compared to some of the teachers who are being admitted into schools.

“The biggest problem we have with government is that they do not consult before implementing recommendations, as such, it not only creates problems for us but the whole system.”

The unionist said given ample time, teachers can enrol for post graduate diplomas to meet the required qualifications.

Zunde scoffed at government mantras that the new requirements were meant to bring local standards in tandem with regional standards.

“If what they are saying is sincere, why did they only choose the one trend which is unfortunately guided by the law?

“If we are to follow regional trends, then they should also include the issue of salaries because truthfully ours are pathetic,” he said.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said the government wage bill takes up 80 percent of total revenue and that limited resources available made it difficult for the State to award significant wage increases.

Although schools opened on schedule for the new term, State-employed teachers are protesting delayed salaries and bonuses.

Comments (9)

We created a " take it or leave it" situation, so either you go and teach with the present conditions or leave. Maticha ayo takatreina akawandisa too much. Haikona kutinetsa, endai moita vanatsikamutanda kumusha uko.

ziggy zigawo - 3 February 2016

Teacher unions are hopelessly divided,it's high time they put aside their differences and approach relevant authorities for redress of their grievances as a collective entity.It's not accurate to suggest that the president is being misled,especially when one considers that Cabinet meetings which are chaired by the president are specifically convened to brief him about the challenges faced by each government department.

vivian v siziba - 3 February 2016

These people are only thinking about money and more money and extra lesson money. If you cant stand the heat in the kitchen; get out. we need our children to learn for once. We cant be paying school fees and then teach my child at home after school. We cant take this rubbish anymore!!!

Gwenzi - 3 February 2016

@Ziggy u are not making sense, please grow up and think like an adult. Avoid growing in zig-zag

Mentalist - 3 February 2016

Change industry mhani.

Bazaruto - 3 February 2016

Some people havana pfungwa sure. Where do you want the country to get the money. Kutokundwa nemwana we cresh sure tibvirei kumhepo.

Bazaruto - 3 February 2016

No group of sane people can ask to talk to Mugabe hoping to get some help from him . It is a shame for people who call themselves educators to fail to know that for donkey years Mugabe has been in power he has never listened to anybody nor will he do so during his few days remaining on earth . The man is not competent and if these teachers think their wishes will be fulfilled by simply meeting this nkalamba then they must be smocking something in class rooms and lets pray they are not passing that something to our young ones suwa .We are tired of this nonsense the president is being misled always and that means the man is very stupid and easily misled . The old guy is not presidential material but very cruel and inhuman to all zimbabweans finish and klaa

Diibulaanyika - 3 February 2016

How naive of this bunch of idiots. for years now they should know that they employed majongwe a CIO funtionary who masquarades as fore when he is a double agent. remove majongwe from your midst and you will start moving forward.

Wemhakwe - 4 February 2016

Teachers are educated people why they allow themselves to be misled and misused by too many so called union leaders I don't understand.

Gtmaumbe - 6 February 2016

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