The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ATUZ) has claimed that the right to education in the country was now under serious threat.
The union observed that the matter is serious considering that the right to education is provided for by the national Constitution of Zimbabwe, Section 75 but its realisation is in jeopardy because of the five ills below.
1. Underfunding by the government
a) Poor salaries for teachers
b) No teaching and learning materials
c) Infrastructure deficits
2. Corruption and Incompetence of School Development Committees
3. Shambolic curriculum
4. Climate change
5. Political interference in schools
ARTUZ, however, does not explain how the five items mentioned above infringe learners of the right to education.
The Union speaks when some teachers are on go slow over poor salaries they are getting. Since last year, teachers and other government workers have been engaging the employer in a bid to have their eroded salaries increased saying that they were now incapacitated to execute their duties and responsibilities.
ARTUZ says that parents could play a very significant role in enhancing the learners’ enjoyment of the right to education and has moved to re-engage them.