Pupils write exams sitting on the floor

PUPILS at the Anglican Church-run Samaringa Primary School in Mutasa Central yesterday wrote their mid-year examinations sitting on the floor after the school’s furniture was attached and taken away by the messenger of court on Friday over a labour dispute.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

Pupils at Samaringa Primary School in Mutasa Central writing mid-year examinations sitting on the floor after the school’s furniture was attached and taken away by the messenger of court on Friday
Pupils at Samaringa Primary School in Mutasa Central writing mid-year examinations sitting on the floor after the school’s furniture was attached and taken away by the messenger of court on Friday

Mutare Central legislator Trevor Saruwaka (MDC-T) yesterday described the sight at the school as pathetic and called on Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora to intervene urgently.

“My heart bleeds when I see this happening in an independent Zimbabwe,” he said.

“This is like a picture taken out of war-ravaged countries like South Sudan, Libya or Syria. This is totally unacceptable. I called minister Dokora and he promised to do all he could to ensure that the pupils’ right to education is not disturbed.”

Manicaland provincial education director Edward Shumba blamed school authorities for causing the chaos leading to the attachment of the property, saying they had employed and underpaid a clerk.

“The school employed a clerk in July 2009, and they were paying the clerk at a rate of $50 and in 2012 the salary increased to $250 and the member resigned in June 2013, those are the basic facts,” he said.

“It appears there was a court decision in November 2014 to the effect that they were owing this person $14 334,21. However, the school did not communicate with the district or the provincial offices.

“Rather, they passed the matter to the responsible authorities (the church), who handled it. The school got a notice of seizure and attachment from the High Court of Zimbabwe.

“However, the lawyer said it was from the Supreme Court. As a result, school property was attached on July 21 this month, this is a legal matter that will be dealt with by the responsible authority.”

Anglican Manicaland Diocese registrar Ashley Mutungura said they were dealing with the matter.

7 Comments

  1. Not at this day and age!

  2. jerry maidera

    Horrible situation,Truly the Responsible authority could not have waited to act until this time considering that the Arbitral award was handed down in 2014, Sleeping on duty has now cost the welfare of learners.Please, lets all pile pressure on this Trade union which do not separate the SDC as an employer and the school which does not legally employ anyone for lack of jurisdiction.

  3. madagara kasulumane

    fisrt i blame the headmaster

    2nd the MP

    mid year exams can easily be postponed

    the school needs to be creative to make alternative benches and chairs from local materials

    and the MP what is your role? to report to Ministry of Education? use ur position to fix this small problem.

  4. Sue the headmaster, very incompetent.

  5. This is very sad.Fire the head very irresponsible….and sources say the instalment was supposed to be $100 a month which is not a lot of money. I think an Audit team should be deployed to see how the finances were being managed. Surely these students are suffering…Our father’s fought for us to have the right to a sound education but look at what is happening to our kids… Clearly something should be done.

  6. I think the law should allow suing the headmaster in personal capacity for negligence. the same way patients sue medical staff.

  7. The problem is that the authority did not communicate with all affected people in this case the parents. Have it not of the removal of furniture and books most parents will be still in dark. We have a lot of well known lawyers and activists who could have provide legal advise before things went out of hand but the heard kept the issue a secret. Even as a community we would have organize our self to help the school before things go out of hand. From 2009 how many general meetings were held by school with parents. Leaders should wake up and stop playing with children’s future.

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