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Teachers Ridicule Mnangagwa's Free Education Pledge

Teachers Ridicule Mnangagwa's Free Education Pledge

Teachers’ unions on Monday dismissed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s promise to reintroduce free basic education in public schools in 2023 as a hopeless campaign gimmick.

Writing in his weekly column in The Sunday Mail, Mnangagwa said his Government will provide universal free education starting next year. He wrote:

The government will push for phased access to universal free education wholly funded by the State.

We must make primary education free and universal next year, in 2023.

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) president Obert Masaraure told NewsDay that State-funded education was already a constitutional mandate, which Mnangagwa had failed to implement since 2018. Said Masaraure:

The provision of State-funded education is a constitutional obligation on the shoulder of every government of the day.

The politician in Mnangagwa should not appear to be doing anyone a favour by promising to move in that direction, his government should be ashamed for failing to adhere to the Education Act and section 75 of the Constitution.

Zimbabwe Teachers Union (ZTU) chief executive officer Manuel Nyawo said:

We raise the question of commitment which demands a practical and pragmatic approach to achieving these earmarked developments on the part of the government.

We also wonder how this is going to be achieved when the government is failing to pay its workers reasonable salaries.

Political analyst Vivid Gwede said Mnangagwa has failed to prioritise education. Said Gwede:

If the allocation of resources to education was prioritised, free primary and secondary education would have been achieved as part of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Another political analyst Effie Ncube Mnangagwa’s pledge is merely a campaign gimmick. He said:

Although free education is desirable and necessary, it is not sustainable in an economy that is in a vegetative state and bleeding under the weight of corruption and mismanagement.

Therefore, for ZANU PF, which has been in power for 42 years, this is another electioneering gimmick.

President Mnangagwa also promised free education during the run-up to the 2018 general elections but he has failed to fulfil the promise with his first term in office drawing to an end.

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34 Comments

Chenhamo 2 months ago

Aaaaaaaa varume hatidi kuitwa sepwere yes tiri under sunction from other countries ko kana munhu achiti musatenge MOTA dziri ten years old munyika isina Mari seZimbabwe hakusi kuisa mhuri yezimbabwe pama sunction ikoko ichi chihurumende chadhakwa ichi


Joe 3 months ago

Mukuru tirikuda maresults edu mhani kwete kuvhurika kwamuri kuita uku haaaaaaaa mashaya dzimwe nhema here


John Wick 3 months ago

To hell with free education..Now hatichaoni kukosha kweeducation ..Kupedza chikoro wogara ndokuita ikoko here..Employ unemployed graduate .. Triple C is there to rescue us..


anonymous tip 3 months ago

i don't think it is possible with this government because it can't even pay workers to motivate them so who will provide services in that "so called free education "


mzukuru 3 months ago

*The relationship between fish and water makes me believe that betrayal is real when I see water participating in cooking the fish*

```Pane kahumwonzora kariposo.``` 😂😂😂😂


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OD 3 months ago

A clueless, corrupt, incorrigible, insensitive, malicious,... gangster continues to DESTROY the Nation's resources. Remove it through the BALLOT box by REFORMING the CONSTITUTION into a DEMOCRATIC one. Soldiers, police, cio,... NGAVAVE for the people, by the people, with the people, in the people,..., KWETE KUVA EPOLITICAL party. ZEC NGAIVE YENYIKA, KWETE yeparty. Hondo yakagwigwa kuti kuve NEDEMOCRACY.


The Adjudicator 3 months ago

It's pathetic fallacy to promise free education when those who are supposed to impart the know how are not payed a descent salary.Address teachers' salaries first then we know yu are serious.

God help pple like @ Mavis who still dwell in delusional fantasies of sanctions when meaningful millions are looted behind the scenes and nobody is prosecuted bt protected.
Wake up and smell the coffee.If yu don't know sanctions ask the Russians.

We may be quite bt we won't forgetthe Henrietta Rushwaya saga,the Obediah Moyo scandal,the Chihuri loot,,Obert Mpofu grand looting and many more.


Crocodile 3 months ago

Haa this government has failed totally vamwe mungataure zvema sanction tine vanhu varikuba mamillion emari zvinozikamwa vanosungwa vobuditswa moti havana mhosva saka mari yacho yakawanda kudaro ingatadza kuhoresa mateacher here what moda kuvanda nekuti sanctions vanhu ngavadzose mari kuti mateacher awana pay dzakanaka vakwanise kuita basa


mavis 3 months ago

Be realistic.ndimi munoti mukomana saka inl ndinotiwo Nelson . We are suffering because of the illegal sanctions placed on this country by Nelson.God knows that.
How can you expect to be paid those salaries.when you advocate for sanctions.
you cry foul.about everything are you cry babies.
We see structural development all over and govermment has done very well.
lets build Zimbabwe together dont celebrate as yet .stop being so hungry for power


Dr Hercules 2 months ago

Sanctions KKK you don't even know what the word Sanction means.you listen to Gvt propaganda.Zimbabwe can trade with any country in Sub Saharan Africa no restrictions placed .Borders are open everywhere.Wht sanctions are you talking about.If there is one party which had sanctions imposed on it it was the Rhodesian Front .If Ian Douglas Smith was alive he d tell you wht sanctions are.Right now the narrative has changed its now Ukraine,"the economy is not doing well because of Ukraine".Wake up and smell the coffee deal with corruption first

Ano Nimasi 3 months ago

May you please educate me on how these sanctions are affecting development in Zimbabwe.

chipo 3 months ago

why is there si much hatred between zanu pf and other parties.where is God in all this he does not operate in confusion.What is The Man oof.GodG doing about this enormours hatred.Its not good.Where are the other Man of God ? i see them stiring trouble What is this....Stop it i


Ed is finishED 3 months ago

Same talk since Independence...action zero.If people could instantly die for lying same way Annanias died..Ed's bones would break the record and decompose in 6months.Undoda ulamanga lowo.


masvingo 3 months ago

interesting it will be free Education without teaching unless government pays a living wage to teachers and the rest of civil servants


knodza 3 months ago

Dai waikwanisa kupa maTeacher mari taigona kunyepera kuvharika tofunga kut ukutaura zvaunogona... manje iii hauko iwe🙌


Tanu Mark Finnity 3 months ago

Free education my foot his jus talking of something that will never happen at all its jus a campaign gimmick kkkkkkkkkkk


Yvt 3 months ago

Beam chaiyo musingaikwanise mukuru. Zvimwe sooo mmmm


modester 3 months ago

Free primary education chete no,,,,tikuda iyo yatakaudzwa naMr CCC kti free education from primary to university.


RG Mugabe 3 months ago

ED anopenga ndokuperera nemazano kwemukuru


Mᴀʀᴀᴠᴀᴢᴀ 3 months ago

Fʀᴇᴇ ᴇᴅᴜᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴘʀᴏᴍɪsᴇ ʙʀɪɴɢs ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴇᴀᴄʜᴇʀs ᴅᴇᴘᴇɴᴅᴇɴᴛs ғʀᴇᴇ ᴇᴅᴜᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ɪɴᴄᴇɴᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴢᴇʀᴏ. Sᴏ ᴛᴇᴀᴄʜᴇʀs ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ɴᴇɢᴏᴛɪᴀᴛᴇ ᴀ ᴍᴏɴᴇᴛᴀʀʏ ɪɴᴄᴇɴᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡɪʟʟ ʀᴇᴘʟᴀᴄᴇ ɪᴛ.


Mr President 3 months ago

Guys anyone who knows how to use pidula application assist me please


mally 3 months ago

papi pacho chamhamha

Z 3 months ago

Takachimirira chamahara president kana asingachidi asavharira isu vanochida vote for free education, vote zanu pf


drax 3 months ago

uyooo iBenzy chairoo
nxaaa

traitor 3 months ago

uri gava

boy 3 months ago

Uri dununu remunhu iwe

Purse 3 months ago

School fee haid**** may be $5 chinodhura levy ndopainozotangz kukwidzwa saka ngagara hake aregedza tiri kuendesa vana vedu tega kuchikoro


pvc 3 months ago

useless component

JARAVAZA 3 months ago

Kunonzi kubvotomoka kwemunhu ari kubuda muchimbuzi. 2018 he said the same thing, now he is on it again. How foolish of an oldman like him. You want to build you castle thru falsefied statements. Ita mushe mudhara. Wakura hauchafanirwe kudaro.chinja maitiro ako iwawo awo.


mukanya 3 months ago

same talk,taneta


Chapwititi Kestombela 3 months ago

We are still waiting for the school fees for our children that you promised MR!!! Salary raise my foot!!! When are you going to stop lying really 🤔🤔🤔


@gmail.com 3 months ago

these guys they will never stop lying they think we are fools come 2023 we can no longer be fooled we are trying something else

Makelanwi 3 months ago

True lies directed by ED in conjunction with ZANU PF



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