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Ministry refuses to meet lecturers

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The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education has refused to engage the College Lecturers’ Association of Zimbabwe (Colaz) accusing the latter of not being a registered organisation.

The friction between the ministry and the lecturers appears to confirm the mistrust between the two parties as Colaz has been participating in a series of demonstrations against government.

Lutho Tapela, the Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, yesterday said: “I have been advised by my officials that their papers are not in order. The association has been asked to produce proof of registration with the ministry before we can engage them”.

Colaz president David Dzatsunga said they were surprised that they were now no longer recognised yet they had on numerous occasions engaged the ministry.

“Ours is a bona fide organisation,” Dzatsunga said. “We are a registered union and have in the past engaged the ministry. We believe there could be politics at play.”

Dzatsunga said his association represented over 1 500 lecturers, mainly those working at polytechnics, vocational training centres and teacher training institutions.

According to a list of issues that Colaz wanted addressed included lecturer accommodation, poor remuneration and the need to put in place a regulatory board for the sector.

The lecturers also want government to offer them development assistance to cushion them against high university fees.

“We are asking for the resuscitation of a vehicle loan facility or duty-free importation of cars,” he said.

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