Dadaya case against Dokora stalls

By | February 14, 2017

AN audacious bid by the Dadaya High’s school development committee (SDC) to force Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora to stall the implementation of the new education curriculum has suffered a stillbirth after the Bulawayo High Court ruled it was not urgent.

Source: Dadaya case against Dokora stalls – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 14, 2017

BY SILAS NKALA

Dadaya filed an urgent chamber application at the Bulawayo High Court on February 9 challenging the minister over the introduction of the new education curriculum, which the school argued was “disruptive”. The SDC cited the school’s headmaster and Dokora as respondents.

“There is no basis upon which this matter can be allowed to jump the queue. I refuse to deal with it on an urgent basis. The matter will proceed by ordinary application,” Justice Nicholas Mathonsi ruled.

In its application the SDC submitted that on February 4, 2017 a parents’ meeting was held at Dadaya High School, where the headmaster said a curriculum change was to be implemented, as per the minister’s directive through a Circular Number 2 of 2017.

“When the first respondent [school head] was asked why the parents or applicants were not consulted about such a significant change in the education system, he highlighted that consultations were carried out with villagers, who were randomly picked in the surroundings of the school and it must be noted that Dadaya High is a boarding school and majority of parents do not reside within the surrounding areas,” the application read.

The disgruntled parents then authorised the SDC to file an urgent application against Dokora, arguing the school did not have the requisite infrastructure, skills and facilities to implement the changes.

The SDC said the Constitution provides for the consultation of interested parties in law making processes and failure to consult the parents violates section 68 of the Constitution.

SDC chairperson, Leopold Mudisi, in his founding affidavit, submitted that he was seeking an interdict against Dokora and the school head from effecting the new curriculum, which he said has been imposed on their children.

Mudisi said the changes have profound, deep-rooted and catastrophic implications to the education needs of its children.

2 thoughts on “Dadaya case against Dokora stalls

  1. owen

    dokora seems to be a typical mugabe education minister – a myopic north korea style fascist who wants to create a nation of flag waving, praise singing, mindless youth unsuited to do anything except perpetuate zimbabwe’s endless embrace of failure and our race to the bottom.
    it is a symptom of mugabe’s outrageous rule and disrespect for citizens that a single person, like dokora, can unilaterally rewrite an education system without any consultation, and then force it down the throats of an unwilling nation. to what end? to perpetuate the rule of a criminal dynasty…. rambai.
    well done to the Dadaya School Committee for taking this matter to court.
    sadly zimbabwe’s courts have been deliberately filled with compliant judges over the years.

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  2. Felix Kunakirwa

    All SDCs through out the country should follow what Dadadaya parents have done. It must not be a one school issue, its affecting the whole country . All should be involved in saying no to dokora. Diveded we will fall, together we will reinstate hope for our kids.

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