The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) have slammed Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Paul Mavima’s decision to turn down their request to be paid for invigilating Zimsec examinations. Said Mavima,
They should consider that invigilation is part of their normal duties at school undertaken during working hours and in place of other duties that they would normally be doing at that time…I believe that all our teachers would be inclined to put the interest of the country and those of the learners first and would answer the call to duty.
Reacting to this Zimta secretary-general Tapson Sibanda,
This shows us the kind of leaders we have in our education system. Truly the minister should have engaged us after we wrote the ministry a letter on September 26, demanding that conduct of public examinations need to be remunerated.
In a statement, Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ)
These venomous utterances by the minister must be condemned by any sane human being under the sun… Mavima must be reminded that his colonial mentality of thinking that teachers are pawns that can be pushed anywhere willy-nilly is very unfortunate in as much it is regrettable and unacceptable.
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