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‘Teachers banned from wearing yellow’

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By Marrian Rushwaya

An unnamed government official is said to have told teachers in government schools not to wear any piece of clothing that is yellow during their working hours.

This comes after opposition CCC leader Nelson Chamisa and his party abandoned red and adopted yellow as their official colour.

According to Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) officials, the directive not to wear anything yellow was communicated to teachers verbally.

Even school children have not been spared with reports suggesting that schools with yellow uniforms have been directed to abandon them and pick different colours.

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PTUZ National Coordinator, Harison Mudzuri said it is shocking that the government of Zimbabwe has ordered teachers not to wear anything yellow.

No explanation was given for these verbal directives.

PTUZ president Takavafira Zhou said some of their members have confirmed receiving the directive but as a union, they have not received anything concrete from education authorities.

“The decree is a nullity. It is not possible for a school to change the colour of its uniform considering that schools adopted the colour first before the formation of (CCC),” he said.

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He added that the laws could not be repealed to suit one’s agenda.

“Whoever made the decree may try to discourage schools from choosing the colour but that cannot be done for schools already using yellow since laws cannot be applied retrospectively,” Zhou said.

Some school heads have confirmed the development, they said they were told not to wear anything yellow.

“We were warned against wearing anything yellow during working hours.” Read the message in part.

A message has been circulating on social media platforms claiming the decree for teachers not to wear anything yellow was made during a recent meeting of school heads in Marondera, though it is not clear who gave the instruction.

CCC has claimed some of its supporters have been targeted by suspected Zanu PF supporters for wearing the party’s colours as violence escalates ahead of by-elections set for March 26.

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