'Schools national pledge, misplaced priority'

HARARE - Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has criticised government for prioritising the controversial national pledge at the expense of improving teachers’ working conditions.

In a statement, PTUZ said their association has unanimously agreed to reject the national pledge as it violates fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution.

The national pledge is a proposed new primary and secondary schools curriculum that will compel children to salute the national flag and recite a pledge of patriotism.

“This is not really a priority area given that teachers still have deplorable salaries and conditions of service 36 years after independence. Educational infrastructure in most schools in the country is still below regional and international standards.

“The national pledge is ultra vires the…Constitution’s fundamental freedoms, namely the freedom of conscience considering that Zimbabwe respects all faiths. Reference is made to Section 60 (2), which aptly forbids anyone from being compelled to make an oath that is contrary to his/her religious conviction and beliefs” PTUZ said.

The organisation further said that the national pledge seems to be a replica of the National Youth Service where youths were indoctrinated in favour of Zanu PF.

“It is reminiscent of the National Youth Service and ‘patriotic history’, which were introduced to indoctrinate youths and suffered stiff resistance from many sections of the society. As such, bringing cold and calculated educational vandalism through the backdoor is unacceptable.”


Comments (8)

There is no doubt that this is a badly timed propaganda initiative by Zanu (PF). Anyone who thinks otherwise is delusional. Anyone who tries to tell us otherwise is lying. Truth !

truthsaid - 2 May 2016

I pray the Lord God , Almighty to punish Dokora I pray that the Lord may strike him with all the plagues written in the Bible and may he never enjoy his life and peace from now until he repents and apologise you cant sell our country to islam

Shelz - 3 May 2016

Mr Dokora may you please respect us as adults/parents. STOP your barbarism. Improve our schools, working environment and wages and STOP this madness of yours. We are not ISLAM.

"Mavusane" Chinas - 3 May 2016

I know madness but not to this level. Dokora what rank madness is this? This is not right. Why are you persecuting us by coming up with warped ideas. Zvinoda kubatsira ani? The education sector is burning and you are busy with useless idiotic issues. No textbooks and some children are learning under trees iwe uchiita zvamatuzvi zvisina basa. Are we now in Nazi Germany. Fusteki NXA

vongai - 3 May 2016

I dont see any national pride in this, this sibling you are forcing to take a national pledge has a graduate brother who has not been employed for the past 15 years. His/her father cannot withdraw money from the bank. His teacher is disgrantled because he is paid peanuts. This young lad you are forcing to have a sense of pride through your national pledge cannot do his home-work properly because he doesnt have electricity. This you pupil you are forcing to have sense of pride in his identity as Zimbabwean, is living in a country where he is forced to accept failures of the government to resucitate the economy. So Dr Dokora, i think you need to be admitted to a psychiatry ward so that your dilllusional mental health that prohibits you to see reality can be cured.

Daryl Jones - 3 May 2016

Allahu Akbar!!!....I am proud to be a Muslim

Abdalati - 3 May 2016

This is wrong Zimbabwe is a Christian nation and we should remain that we travel all over the world and other nations stand by their belief and here we are removing scripture union from schools introducing this pledge its not right. If Dokora is a muslim why are we entrusting him with the most important asset we hold as Zimbabweans our future our children. This man should be removed from this post and have a Christian run the show. The devil comes to kill steal and destroy. This man is destroying our future wake up Zimbabwe

critic - 4 May 2016

Idol worshipping e.g. flag kkkkkk

CHOKWADI - 4 May 2016

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