Zimta elects new president PDF Print E-mail

THE Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) has elected Mr Richard Gundane as its president, replacing Mrs Tendai Chikowore, who has been at the helm of the organisation since 2004.

 

Created : 29 April 2013

 

Adapted from The Chronicle of 25 April 2013

 

Mr Gundane would be deputised by Mrs Shamiso Makumbe from Masvingo Province and Mr Thomas Muzondo from Mashonaland East.

The incoming national treasurer is Mr Edgar Moyo from Matabeleland South while the secretary-general is Mr John Mulilo from Mashonaland East.

The national representative for primary school teachers is Mr Leonard Sibanda from Bulawayo                                         Province while the representative for secondary schools is Mrs Violet Mutize from Mashonaland West.

The newly elected representative for tertiary institutions is Mr Elisha Ndanga from Mashonaland East while the women representative is Mrs Elizabeth Mahiyana from Manicaland.

Mr Gundane, a teacher at Mkoba 1 High in Gweru, joined Zimta in 1991 immediately after leaving Gweru Teachers College and worked in Gokwe North District.

The challenges faced by teachers, which included harsh working conditions in the remote district inspired him to be active in the association.

In 1994, he was already running a branch at Nembudziya Growth Point.

In an interview on Wednesday evening, Mr Gundane said his first task was to strengthen the fight for better working conditions and remuneration for civil servants, as well as monitor the effectiveness of the Apex Council.

“The biggest challenge is making sure that the association’s resolutions are achieved, the most important one being the improvement of civil servants’ salaries, conditions of service and seeking other means to economically empower teachers in the country.

“What has been happening in the past is not acceptable as no adjustments have been made to the teachers’ salaries except for allowances. We have since resolved that while we push for better salaries, we would also come up with strategies to economically empower teachers.

“The strategies include partnering with institutions such as banks and other service providers in creating opportunities, where teachers would get loans for capital projects and acquisition of shares. Besides the paltry salaries, there is a need for teachers to get additional money through different programmes, and as Zimta, we are mandated to spearhead such programmes.”

Mr Gundane said the organisation would also make sure that all its programmes were decentralised so as to benefit all members.

“We are also going to make changes by making sure that there is activity in our grassroots structures and members from all schools benefit from the empowerment programmes. We are already in the process of coming up with clusters within the organisation and start meaningful income generating projects.

“We have been running loan schemes but not every member benefited and some of those who benefited have not used the money appropriately. We have decided to run some training programmes first before we can distribute any resources to the teachers,” he said.

 

 

 

 

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