Amalgamated Rural Teachers of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) have indicated plans to reconstruct the Parents Teachers Association in a bid to force the government to give attention to the education sector.
ARTUZ president, Obert Masaraure posted on Facebook and said that the organisation has been confronting the government alone for a sustained period of time now and members feel that it is important to recruit more teachers and parents to join the struggle.
He said that the adverse effects of government actions were detrimental not only to teachers but also to parents who pay school fees and learners who were being denied an education. Masaraure posted:
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Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, ARTUZ will lead the process of reconstituting the Parents Teachers Association, PTA at a national level and build structures down to school level. This is a vehicle for parents and teachers to come together lobbying and advocating for inclusive access to quality education for our learners. The PTA will also be involved in education management through advising the School Development Associations, SDA. The SDAs established through statutory Instrument 70 of 1993 are currently entrusted with education management but they only incorporate School administrators excluding the teachers.
These remarks are made when other Teachers’ unions have indicated that they will not be returning to work as schools reopen for the first term in 2020.