The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has notified the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) of its intention to stage a march on February 27 to Parliament Building to hand over a petition in protest against the recent examination fees hike for Ordinary and Advanced level by the Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (ZIMSEC).
Below is the full text of a letter that was written by PTUZ secretary-general Raymond Majongwe to the Officer Commanding Harare Suburban:
18 February 2020
The Officer Commanding
Harare Central Police
NOTICE OF PROTEST MARCH TO PARLIAMENT TO HAND OVER PETITION ON GRADE 7 AND ‘O’ AND ‘A’ LEVEL EXAMINATION FEES HIKES BY ZIMSEC
We write to give notice that The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe shall be marching to Parliament to handover a Petition to seek urgent Parliamentary intervention to reverse/reduce the recent astronomic Grade 7 and ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level examination fees hikes by ZIMSEC.
It is our belief that the duty and obligation to defend and protect the rights of children squarely rests on us as teachers and parents.
The march shall be on Thursday 27 February 2020. We shall proceed from Harare gardens via Julius Nyerere, through 2nd street to Nelson Mandela and then to Parliament, Building.
The march shall happen between 1 pm – 2 pm.
Expected number of marchers is plus or minus 500.
You may attend if you so wish
PTUZ SECRETARY GENERAL