Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary-general Raymond Majongwe accused Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora of using military tactics after he reportedly threatened to fire school heads who were not delivering quality results.
The idea of threats, attacks, blunders and orders is not synonymous with education. It is found in the military and Dokora wants to bring this into the education sector. We will not accept it. Teachers are working under atrocious conditions with children suffering, especially this winter and we have a minister who is preoccupied with sabre-rattling.
Zimbabwe Teachers’ Union spokesperson Tapson Nganunu-Sibanda said that threats are not necessary and urged a sober approach to problems affecting the education sector. Zimbabwe Rural Teachers’ Union leader Obert Masaraure said Dokora is the only person who should be fired for incompetence. Said Masaure:
Rule by force is the preserve of the inept who have no skills to motivate their subordinates boldly towards goal attainment. Dokora has monumentally failed and is tragically transforming our education system into a circus. The only person who should be fired for incompetence is Dokora because the same teachers he is accusing of failing performed well under successive ministers before him.