ARTUZ Condemns Govt Decision On Mat North Vacation Lessons

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has condemned the government’s decision to instruct schools in Matabeleland North province to conduct lessons for Grades 5-7 during the April and August school holidays.

The order affects primary schools that failed to record pass rates above 30 per cent. ARTUZ president Obert Masaraure had this to say:

This State shows that education administrators in Mat North have no compassion as they imagine teachers working in hard-hit areas working around the clock.

This is unlawful, unfortunate, callous and a clear misunderstanding of fundamentals affecting student performance in schools.

The home environment, availability of resources at school, government support, curriculum suitability and accommodation of student interests, a motivation of both teachers and learners are important.

Sadly, without any baseline survey, the acting provincial director has reached a wrong conclusion. He is certainly engaging in cold and calculated educational vandalism.

He must be reminded that teachers and students are not machines, but human beings that need some rest so that they start their second term with more vigour and enthusiasm.

There is a danger of exhausting both teachers and students with a consequent dismal performance.

The government outlawed the holding of extra lessons in schools some years back, saying that pupils needed time to rest.

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Matabeleland North ProvinceAmalgamated Rural Teachers Union of ZimbabweObert Masaraure

Matabeleland North Province which covers parts of the Matabeleland region is one of the ten provinces in Zimbabwe. The province covers northeastern parts of the country and stretches to the country's border with Zambia. Lupane is the administrative town of the province. Read More About Matabeleland North Province

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), formerly Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, is a teachers' trade union focused on the needs of teachers employed in the rural areas in Zimbabwe. It was founded in 2009 and launched officially in Harare on the 12th... Read More About Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe

Obert Masarause is an educator, activist and trade union leader in Zimbabwe. He is the current president of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe. He has been arrested several times while organising for the rights of rural teachers. In January 2019, following the ARTUZ... Read More About Obert Masaraure

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