The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) and the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Ptuz) have called on new Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Paul Mavima to right the wrongs of his former boss and predecessor, the much-maligned Lazarus Dokora. The teachers want their vacation leave to be reinstated saying that Dokora had unjustly scrapped it. In a statement Artuz said:
The issue of vacation should be addressed as a matter of urgency. Our position will remain clear guided by ILO standards workers and in this case, teachers should be accorded the right to their leave.
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The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Ptuz) added:
We are aware that … Mavima has injured the trust from teachers on two occasions as Dokora’s deputy. He reportedly called teachers drunkards and threatened to dismiss some.
An investigation into a few cases of drunkenness and unprecedented increase of suicide cases among teachers would have helped the learned professor to appreciate the increase of stress among teachers and their students because of the commandist approach of Dokora and the evil of poverty.
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