Education Amendment Bill Deeply Flawed – Veritas

A legal think-tank, Veritas says the Education Amendment Bill is a flawed document that omits a number of critical issues.

Among the areas cited by Veritas, the Bill does not provide for outlawing the use of school premises for political purposes. Said Veritas:

The Bill has several worthwhile provisions but is marred by omissions and errors that show a surprising lack of attention to detail, and overall, it is a flawed document, which is a pity as a sound educational system is so important for Zimbabwe.

The Bill has several worthwhile provisions but is marred by omissions and errors that show a surprising lack of attention to detail, and overall, it is a flawed document, which is a pity as a sound educational system is so important for Zimbabwe.

There are no provisions on general security or for outlawing the use of school premises for party political purposes or preventing schoolchildren and teachers being dragooned into attending political rallies in order to provide entertainment there.

The Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga-led Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Education is conducting public hearings on the Bill which seeks to amend the Education Act.

Bulawayo residents recently told the Parliamentarians that the Bill should not ban corporal punishment in schools and that pregnant girls should not be allowed in schools.

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