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Teachers: Free Education Is An Obligation Govt Has Shamefully Negated Over Years

Teachers: Free Education Is An Obligation Govt Has Shamefully Negated Over Years

Obert Masaraure who leads the Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has said the provision of free education for all was the government’s mandate as per the national constitution but the governmen thas “shamefully negated” that duty.

His remarks come after Social Welfare minister Paul Mavima, repeated a “free education for all next year” promise first made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2018 in reference to 2019 but the promise is yet to be implemented.

President Mnangagwa repeated it at the Independence celebrations in Bulawayo on April 18, almost four years after he made it on December 22, 2018.

Speaking at this year’s World Autism Day commemorations in Harare, Mavima promised free education to parents of children living with autism in attendance. Said Mavima:

Section 3.9 of the national disability policy is dedicated to inclusive education, with a provision which clearly states that persons with disabilities must be exempted from paying fees at public learning institutions,  thus promoting their right to education, ultimately increasing their opportunities to enter the formal labour market as well as to establish different livelihoods.

Mavima said the government had abandoned its promise because the education sector was not allocated enough resources.

He added that President Mnangagwa had now committed that, starting in 2023, there is going to be free primary education for those attending public schools while the vulnerable will be supported with things like uniforms, examinations fees and stationery.

However, ARTUZ president, Obert Masaraure said Mnangagwa’s government should be ashamed of its failure to adhere to the Education Act and his promises. He said:

Free education should no longer be promised because the constitution is clear about what government should do. It is an obligation it has shamefully negated over years.

He said people had run out of patience and, therefore, cannot “wait up till 2023 for free education, we demand it now, especially considering the levels of poverty in Zimbabwe; people can no longer afford to pay fees.

More: NewZimbabwe.com

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9 Comments

that guy 2 months ago

the "free education" mantra is an election gimmick every sane person knows that


War vet 2 months ago

Guys to be frank and honest this issue of teachers children's fees being paid for I don't see it coming . I sat for my GCE in 1996 government it'self told us " go and tell your parents at home that government has failed to run schools it's now their mandate to run the schools for you children through formation of SDAs commities elected by them so that they help headmasters run schools " now in 2020 27-28 years ago you have the guts of telling us of free education do you think we are dead by now we are also running the schools through former students associations your BEAM program it's a battle with schools you don't pay them what more over 80.000 teachers 3 kids each schools get broke 😀😀😀


😖😖 2 months ago

🍹🍾ratozara kkkkk. handibhadharirwe fees yevana na ED. l rather eat okra daily for my children's rights than kuvapa ED. NEVER. vybz ndiye anoda kunyoresa vana vake ku beam


1234 2 months ago

why not 22


hey 2 months ago

people are tired of this false promise...


Bolo 2 months ago

Why 2023? THAT'S VOTE BUYING

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Dr Hercules 2 months ago

"Free education" it has been said more than 10 times.Hope it finally gets implemented


Bull 2 months ago

After ma votes zvavharana. Vachikonewa kubhadharavma teacher Mari YEKU marker zama here, TIBVIREI KUMHEPO

Chapwititi Kestombela 2 months ago

Not during this new Deception era, DIRA RIZARE WANGU 🥃🍾


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