The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) is up in arms with some district inspectors allegedly terrorising teachers allegedly disobeying orders on how to present their schemes.
In a statement Friday, PTUZ president Takavafira Zhou singled out one Gemnation, an official he said had taken matters way beyond and was confiscating schemes from some educators who have allegedly ignored his orders to present handwritten as opposed to typed ones.
Zhou said the militant teachers union “will not stand silent when teachers are terrorised for no apparent reason”.
“A DSI must be respected by teachers and not feared. Respect is earned and not demanded. To be fore warned is to be forearmed,” he said.
READ FULL STATEMENT BELOW:
We note with deep concern some district inspectors’ penchant for terrorising teachers. The most outstanding in harassing teachers is Mberengwa DSI by the name of Germination. He has gone across Mberengwa confiscating teachers’ typed schemes claiming that schemes must be handwritten. He has also ordered school heads to charge all teachers with typed schemes in this era of technology.
We want to humbly advice Mr Germination to go back and give teachers their schemes as there is no law that gives him the right to confiscate teachers’ schemes. However, should he remain adamant as we expect, we will have no option but to take a number of options open to us without notifying him. This commandist approach in the education system is what we recently appraised both the Minister Dr Ndlovu and the Perm Secretary as cold and calculated educational vandalism. Teachers have enough challenges from their starvation wages and need to be treated in a more humane manner than being threatened.
We advise our members whose schemes have been taken by Mr Germination to patiently wait for their schemes from him. They must never be intimidated. We also advice school heads to take lawful instructions, and to put reason before rushing to charge teachers for having typed schemes.
Mr Germination must be pre-occupied with covid cases at Vanguard Primary School, just a few kilometres from his office. Sadly, he bypasses such schools in desperate need for assistance and majors on minors of hunting for typed schemes as far away as Mponjani school.
We certainly think engagement is more productive than treating teachers in a degrading and servitude manner. We will not stand silent when teachers are terrorised for no apparent reason. A DSI must be respected by teachers and not feared. Respect is earned and not demanded. To be fore warned is to be forearmed.
Dr Takavafira M. Zhou, Ptuz President