ARTUZ urges Ministry of Education to address unsafe school environment

Libinance Dokora

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has raised concerns over the delay by the Ministry of Education to respond to their plight of early school closure suggested by what the union termed unsafe environment for teachers and learners spearheaded by political actors, Review and Mail report.

ARTUZ released a statement in which they requested for early school closure by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education on the 18th of July citing that the proposal for the early school’s closure was necessitated by escalating political conflict in the build up to 2023 harmonized elections which they claimed spilled into schools because politicians are tussling for political power.

Zimbabwe is set to hold national elections in the next month on August 23 with eleven candidates running for the country’s top office, Member of Parliament and council candidates.

ARTUZ unveiled that the delay by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to their plight of early school closure;

“We have requested early Schools closure to protect learner, teachers and school property from political vultures but the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education have remained silent,” National Secretary for ARTUZ Robson Chere.

ARTUZ went on to highlight that the ball is in the court of the ministry of education to curb the unsafe environment perpetrated by political actors as any failure to resolve the situation is pinned on decision makers.

“All the abuses suffered by learners and teachers can be solely blamed on decision makers
In a letter written by ARTUZ to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, the teachers union said that political parties and political players are creating unsafe environment for teachers and learners in a bid to spearhead their political agenda.

“The union have received 567 reports of worrying content from different schools across the country,” Chere said.

Some of the cases are involving interference by political players in school activities as they abuse school property.

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