Zimbabwean High School students led by Parliament Child Speaker Christopher Mutasa have Friday ordered Mnangagwa to immediately make sure that their striking teachers come back to work otherwise they “are not going to write examinations.”
Zimbabwean teachers have been on strike for more than 7 months. They demanded their salaries in USDs as per their agreement with the government in 2011 when they were paid not less than USD500.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema has always been claiming that his ministry was engaging with the teachers. But the teachers recently claimed Mathema was “arrogant” adding that the minister did not want to meet them.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s under-fire administration through the Primary and Secondary Education Ministry has already set dates for end of year Zimbabwe School Examination Council exams.
But the teachers are on strike. Students have petitioned Mnangagwa’s administration to make sure that concerns of their teachers are resolved before they write exams.
“We are appealing to him saying that we want our Teachers back and we are not going to write examinations. Right now we are looking at a duration ever since last year, teachers have been on strike.
“This year we are now in covid and again it’s a strike. So we are saying can a child who is not capacitated, some children do not even have teachers. They rely on teachers to take notes.
“So how are they going to sit for a national examination to mark the future. You can not lead a future of a generation which does not know what it is doing.
“We are appealing to the government, please we are non-political. Education is not political. We have not been sent by any political party,” Mutasa said.
The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) ordered the government to resolve the salary issues in order for them to go back to work.
“The incapacitation crisis will not be resolved through buying out the souls of a couple of greed leaders. Trs will only be capacitated when they receive USD520. We advise those converging at NJNC to restore the value of our salaries so that normalcy can be restored in our schools,” ARTUZ said.