The Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has dismissed a statement by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Paul Mavima to the effect that schools will open on 10 September 2019 for the third term.
ARTUZ dismissed Mavima’s statement as “a desperate attempt” as the schools ecosystem is not ready for the third term. It said:
Ignore the desperate attempt by the Minister. The reality on the ground is that the school ecosystem is not ready for the third term.
Parents and learners are not ready, teachers are severely incapacitated and the government is not moving. Logically the learning season will not kick-off.
Responding to social media reports on Saturday that the government had pushed the opening of schools for the third term to 17 September, Mavima said in a statement:
The death of the former President has not affected the opening of school. The schools are still opening Tuesday this week as planned so social media posts should be ignored.