There is a perception that schools are no longer safe for children, and this issue should be dealt with in the proposed new Education Act.
According to the Research Advocacy Unit (RAU), schools have become a hotbed of repression and teachers are now targets of intimidation and violence.
The RAU report follows the abduction and torture of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) president Obert Masaraure last week for leading a strike over teachers’ poor working conditions. The report reads:
It is further disappointing that there is no provision in the proposed new Education Act for making schools safe, and not merely to protect teachers from intimidation and threat but also to protect children from witnessing political violence, being forced to rallies, and being caught in the middle of the political disagreements between the parents in their communities.
… Teachers received threats of job loss for misconduct and some heads mobilised school development committees to threaten teachers who participated in the union’s strike.
Rural communities also accused teachers of neglecting their children when they participated in Industrial Actions and verbally abused and threatened them.
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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