Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavima said that the National Pledge will not be scrapped but Government will work on its wording so that it is recited by everyone and not school children only.
Professor Mavima said this while addressing teachers and other stakeholders at Mzilikazi High School yesterday at a curriculum review symposium. He said that he had spoken to Dr Nziramasanga who had suggested that the wording of the national pledge should be reworked to make sure that the national pledge is national and not recited by school children only. Said Professor Mavima:
We are a young nation, we have to affirm our Zimbabwean identity and we have also to affirm the various groups, ethnicities, regions of our country to make sure that we develop a strong national identity. It’s not true that Nziramasanga did not broach the national pledge. He had even written a small book on the need for the national pledge. His is not even a national schools pledge but a national pledge. I have engaged him in the past two weeks, he has given me that book. He says maybe the wording of this pledge may not be the right wording. He also says it’s unfortunate that we are only requiring it for school children. It’s supposed to be a national pledge so that we build an identity around it. So when you just say because Nziramasanga did not mention it, let’s get rid of it, I don’t agree. If you say let’s help each other around the wording and also the level of application, I say kudos to you we can do that.