Education

Masvingo hunts for 195 school heads

THE Primary and Secondary Education ministry has started head-hunting for school heads to fill the 195 vacant posts in Masvingo province. The ministry’s spokesperson, Patrick Zumbo confirmed the development last week, saying the process was being led by the Public Service Commission’s human resources department and provincial education director, Zedius Chitiga. Chitiga disclosed that the posts have been vacant for ...

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Cellphone headache for schools

The advent of cellphones, especially smart phones, and their use in recording videos and instantly sharing images is posing new challenges for Zimbabwe’s school administrators. A decade ago, there was relatively little worry over how students might use devices on school grounds. But smartphones have changed all of that. Last week, Maranatha Group of Schools was forced to issue an ...

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Zim children in SA miss exams as Home Affairs sends them from city to city

SOUTH Africa: Three Zimbabwean refugee children‚ aged seven‚ 12 and 14‚ have been out of school for two weeks and missed examinations because they had to travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town to renew their refugee status. The Home Affairs office in Pretoria refused to serve them because they originally applied for asylum in Cape Town. And their overnight trip ...

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17,5% pay rise peanuts, says Teachers

Teachers have dismissed a civil service pay increment of 17,5% tabled by the government as nothing but a betrayal of workers. Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Raymond Majongwe last week said that the offer was nothing and insisted on meeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa to apprise him of their conditions of service. Majongwe said after signing the internal settlement, the ...

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Tsvangirai’s child chucked out of school over fees

The late MDC founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s child has been chucked out of school for failing to pay school fees. As a result, the mother of the child – born out of wedlock – has through her lawyers, written to the executors of the late former trade unionist’s estate, with indications that the only property in Tsvangirai’s name is the ...

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38 years of independence: Reflections from Zimbabwe’s education sector

This article originally appeared in the Zimbabwe Communist Party quarterly journal ‘Vanguard’ Vol.2 Issue 5 (1st May 2018) Zimbabwe commemorated 38 years of Independence at a water-shed moment in our history. This year’s Independence Day came at a time when the dominant figure since 1980, Robert Mugabe had become a relic of history following the events of November 2017. The ...

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Teachers to protest on tomorrow

Teachers will be taking to the streets on Friday to protest against government’s offer of increasing their salaries by 15 percent, saying the effort fell far too short of their expectations. Government had initially offered a 10 percent increase before upping the figure to 15 percent, with effect from July 1, following a meeting of the National Joint Negotiating Council ...

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Teachers dismiss salary hike reports

TEACHERS have dismissed reports that the government haS awarded them a salary hike, and vowed to go ahead with their planned strike action when schools open for the second term tomorrow. In a statement yesterday, Federations of Zimbabwe Educators’ Union (Fozeu) said all representatives of teachers unions would meet government officials today to try and resolve their stalemate, failing which ...

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Teachers dig in on strike action

TEACHERS Unions yesterday vowed to disregard the threat by government on their intended strike, claiming no amount of bullying will force them to cower unless their employer agrees to engage and discuss their grievances. Last month, teachers resolved to down tools when schools open for second term next week saying the government must meet their demands first. However, the minister ...

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Govt threatens teachers

Teachers in public schools are determined to down tools next week, setting themselves in a collision course with government which described the planned job action as illegal. Unions yesterday said that their grievances were genuine and that no amount of threats from their employer would discourage them from exercising their constitutional rights. In a statement, the minister of State for ...

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