A group of parents has given Government a seven-day ultimatum to resolve teachers’ incapacitation as the situation was violating their children’s right to education.
A Bulawayo parent, Patrick Sande, said 295 parents have already signed the petition, but they were still trying to get more signatures to force the government to resolve the impasse. Said Sande:
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We are petitioning the Primary and Secondary Education ministry for violating our children’s right to education under section 86 of the Constitution.
We know that there are some labour issues between the employer and the employee but the impact is now violating our children’s rights.
… As parents, we do not care about their fights, but all we want is to see our children being taught at school.
We also wonder what criterion is being used in setting the exams by the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) when children have not been learning.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Schools Development Committees acting president Maxwell Mkandla said teachers were also to blame as they are getting salaries without teaching.
Mkandla urged the government to close schools for now and open them next year after recruiting teachers.