Conference Day 2 Round up PDF Print E-mail

Delegates to the 36th ZIMTA Annual National Conference were ecstatic as they got a chance to interact with a number of personalities ranging from the ministers to representatives of other organizations from the region.

Created on: 26 April 2017


Dokora clarifies the goat for fees issue

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Dr Lazarus Dokora took time to explain to the delegates the official position on the much hyped story in which he is reported to have said schools should accept goats and other livestock as payment for school fees. The story, which went viral, setting social media ablaze, had made the Minister a subject of ridicule. However, Dokora who appeared unfazed by the buzz around the issue, said he had merely stated what parents used to do, that is, sell their livestock in order to raise school fees. He refuted claims that he had said schools should accept goats, but that local authorities could organize markets three or four days before schools open where parents could sell their livestock. He said ARDA had also indicated its willingness to provide the market for the livestock. The minister who was at his sarcastic best had these words for the social media family, “Thank you for your tribute to the goat.”

Public Service Ministry disappoints

The Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare failed to give satisfactory answers when put to task by delegates on pertinent issues such as manpower development leave, vacation leave days, payment dates and employment freeze. The Ministry represented by the Deputy Minister Engineer Tapiwanashe Matangaidze could only give piecemeal responses which left delegates with more questions than answers. On pay dates and why the security sector was always paid earlier than the teachers, he could only say that changing the cycle was now difficult because it would mean some people would go almost a month and a half without receiving their salaries. He refused to discuss the vacation days issue simply saying the matter was before the courts hence it’s sub judice.

Nziramasanga lauds ZIMTA

Veteran educationist Professor Caiphus Nziramasanga, who headed the 1998 Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Education and Training (CIET), has paid tribute to ZIMTA for being the brains behind the formation of the Teaching Professions Council (TPC). Nziramasanga whose Commission produced the famous Nziramasanga report which has informed the new education curriculum said ZIMTA had been consistent in its call for the professionalization of teaching. He showed delegates a four page document which had been produced by ZIMTA explaining why it was necessary to professionalise teaching. He said he is happy that at last the dream is about to be realised with the formation of the TPC now at an advanced stage.

Solidarity messages

ZIMTA’s international appeal was underlined by the presence of sister organizations from the region and beyond who praised the association for its outstanding work in improving the welfare of the teacher. Organisations that gave solidarity messages included the Southern Africa Teachers Organisation (SATO) through its current President, Henry Kapenda, The Tanzanian Teachers Union (TTU) Allawi Abubakar, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) also represented by its President Magope Maphila, the Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) and The Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) represented by its lively Recording Secretary Japhter Matsebula. Lararforbundet, a long time ZIMTA partner from Sweden also send its solidarity message. Locally solidarity messages came from the ZCTU, Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI), and the National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM) among others.





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