Government slammed, failing on education

via Government slammed for failing on education | SW Radio Africa.  12 June  2014   by Tererai Karimakwenda

Lawyers have had to intervene to force a school to release O-level results of a student who had fallen behind on school fees.

Nyamhunga Government School in Kariba had denied Bellinda Kazongo the results of her ordinary level exams which she sat for last year, because the 17-year old student owed the school $150.

It was only after David Hofisi from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) intervened and threatened to sue on her behalf that the school released the results. The lawyer, using the new Constitution, had argued that the school was violating Bellinda’s Constitutional right to a free education.

Hofisi had been approached by Bellinda’s parents at one of the “mobile legal clinics” that the lawyers’ group has been running across the country since January. These aim to make legal services available to marginalised and vulnerable communities, and to raise awareness of their rights enshrined in the Constitution.

Meanwhile, in commemoration of the Day of the African Child, the MDC-T Youth Assembly has strongly criticized government for failing to provide adequate educational assistance to students and teachers, also citing the Constitution.

Spokesperson Clifford Hlatywayo said their theme, “Demanding Accessible, Affordable, Quality Education, Jobs and Equal Opportunities for All”, resonates with the struggles that the young people of Zimbabwe are faced with.

“The very big challenge and problem is on the part of the government, which does not want to respect the law. The Constitution is clear in terms of how the education sector must operate,” Hlatywayo told SW Radio Africa.

“So for a school, more so a government school, to force a child to pay money that he or she cannot afford is a gross human rights abuse. Children in Zimbabwe must not be denied their basic rights to education,” he added.

The MDC-T released a statement saying “over a million children have failed to go back to school because government failed to secure funding for the Basic Education Assistance Model, BEAM.” The party also slammed the conditions of service for teachers and lecturers as well as measures being considered to deny paying them during holidays as “appalling”.

Hlatywayo said the Youth Assembly will be holding commemorative events demanding jobs as well as quality, free education. The campaign kicks off in Bulawayo on Saturday then moves to Chitungwiza on Sunday, Harare on Monday and the Midlands on June 21st.

Meanwhile, the state-run Herald newspaper reports that two students had to walk 100 kilometres from Bikita to Masvingo to write their 2014 Biology Paper examination at night, after Zimsec failed to deliver question papers to their centres on time.

Many such incidents go unreported as the broke government struggles to manage an economy that continues to deteriorate, due to corruption and the policies that drive away investors

 

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6 comments on “Government slammed, failing on education
  1. nyoni says:

    Where is the minister of education. Nowhere to be found. I might just go to the Ambassador Hotel.

  2. pati says:

    As we continue to shine the lime light on the politicians, which we should do and without any regrets, we should also bear in mind that corruption which we primarily associate with politicians is pervasive. It has also established itself with the people we generally consider to be beacons of good moral disposition. We must work very hard with ourselves and press the reset button and remind some of our social leaders that there is no need to pile up the burden of suffering on fellow citizens. The politicians are doing a very good job of that already. They do not need our help. To the contrary we need to help ourselves.

  3. LUCY says:

    Our legislators will shout and fight until they are hoarse when it comes to fighting for cars and free fuel and their own right to jump the toll gates but when it comes to the rights of the ordinary person who voted them in they cannot be assed.
    Most of them dont even visit their constituencies except to bully people into voting for them.

    They are too busy building their own 3rd and 4th Inkandlas to give a toss about some struggling family in the back of the beyond.

  4. David Mutambirwa says:

    Food for thoungt

  5. Petal says:

    Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyers seem to be the only hope for the ordinary people. They need to reach as many people in all the regions as possible.
    The money that they have splashed out on cars that being told by thelikes of Themba Mliswa that they are substandard should go to those who need money for school fees
    @Nyoni what is the Minister of Education doing at the Ambassador hotel?!

  6. Petal says:

    Mr Editor again it would be nice to get a Unesco official to comment . Heading to Article should read:Government Slammmed for failing on the Education that was one of the best in the region

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