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Zimstat Replaces Teacher Enumerators With 'ZANU PF Youths'

Zimstat Replaces Teacher Enumerators With 'ZANU PF Youths'

The Zimbabwe Statistical Agency (Zimstat) has released several teachers who had been hired and trained as enumerators for the national population census and replaced them with ZANU PF youths.

The teachers were fired from the programme for allegedly participating in the strike which took place in February when schools opened for the first term.

Teacher enumerators who had just completed training at Bulawayo Polytechnic told that they were asked to hand over their census material to ZANU PF youths and leave the venue on Saturday. One of the teachers said:

All along, the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency has been using state resources to train us, only to be told when we are about to be deployed that we were on strike and therefore we are not suitable for the job.

For starters, I have never been on strike. Now, who is going to pay me for the time I spent while undergoing the enumeration training?

Another affected teacher, who is now contemplating suing Zimstat for breach of contract, said the move is cruel, vindictive and illegal. Said the teacher:

The move to suspend teachers was declared illegal by the High Court.

Why are the government and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education so petty to the extent of denying the suffering teachers an opportunity to earn extra income for their children?

Zimstat spokesperson, Mercy Chidemo, said she had no information about the alleged incident at Bulawayo Polytechnic but said teachers who were deemed to be on strike were barred from participating in the census. She said:

I am not really sure about what happened, but I am sure you are aware of a memo that was sent to PSC [Public Service Commission] that they should not hire teachers who were on strike.

So, in this case, the PSC coordinators were responsible for recruiting the enumerators.

There were teachers that were on incapacitation/strike that had sneaked into classes.

So the PED (provincial education director) said they should not participate and they sent them packing yesterday evening.

They were replaced by other teachers from MoPSE (Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education).

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Ed PFEE 1 month ago

welldone...hatipererwi nemastrategy

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

I agree with NDIMBA NDIMA that Old People's Home has taken first step in its rigging plans. The next step is going to be carried out at the Delimitation of contituencies and wards. Matabeleland Provinces, where CCC is strong may be allocated fewer constituencies and wards. Then Mashonaland Provinces , where the Old People's Home is strong, may be allocated more Contituencies and wards.

Uzumba 1 month ago

Tisu tirikutonga

Cde veZanu PF 1 month ago

Good news, our party youths are being supported!


Ndimba Ndimba 1 month ago

It was well publicised that ZEC and the ruling party want to reduce the number of constituencies during delimitation in Matebeleland where Zanu PF is not popular. The results of census will be used for delimitation so by putting Zanu PF youths to carry out the census that is the beginning of rigging machinery installation. Why is it only Zanu PF youths and not unemployed youths in general who are bring given preference for recruitment. Those who threatened to take this matter to court must go ahead with our full blessing. Elections have been rigged for decades and we can't have this going on unabated, this must stop !! !.

The Adjudicator 1 month ago

Another ploy to sneak in Zanupf thugs to inflate figures which will affect results from constituents.These thugs will even steel from graves to retain power.
When such cheating is exposed they want to craft bills like the 'patriotic bill' to gage us.


Chidemo 1 month ago

Cheap. Labour all in the name of nothing, ask Zimsec and Zec, zvese in Zim zvinotanga naZ kufira mahara

Zeee-extended 1 month ago

the list goes on and on

Zeee 1 month ago


taps 1 month ago

nd they shud let those youths do the teaching again

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