TEACHERS’ unions have hit back at accusations by the ruling Zanu PF that they were being funded by ‘hostile’ embassies to destabilize the country’s education system.
Unions said Zanu PF was trying to find a scapegoat to denigrate the education sector.
The teachers are at odds with the Zanu PF-led government over poor working conditions and are demanding the pre-October 2018 salary of $540.
In its central committee report, the ruling party said teachers received silver coins from “hostile” embassies to continue strikes.
Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) chairman Obert Masaraure said the ruling party was simply looking for a scapegoat for its failure to govern the country.
“Zanu PF has no solution to the education crisis and is desperately trying to scapegoat unions for its failures. At Artuz, we are seized with providing solutions to the education crisis. We recently released an alternative funding model for public education,” Masaraure said.
“We hope the ruling party will engage with the document and that we will not be drawn into Zanu PF shadowboxing. The country desperately needs leadership and the party should stop complaining about foreigners and start leading.
Zimbabwe Educators Union President Tafadzwa Munodawafa said they were focused on the welfare of their members, not politics.
“We don’t know who is misinforming Zanu PF as a party and we refuse to be drawn into politics. We don’t care who is the ruling party in this country. What we do, as unions, is represent the issues that affect our members,” Munodawafa said. “We are a professional body whose members simply want the employer to pay us a living wage and stop inflicting labor rights violations, thus setting a good example for all employers in the industry in general.
“My advice is that those responsible for disseminating information to any organization, department or individual on issues that concern educators have a responsibility to do the right thing because education is a sensitive nerve of anyone. what a country. It must be treated with the utmost sincerity because we risk killing this profession for future generations. The children we are teaching right now do not want to become teachers based on the way the profession is treated.
Addressing 5,000 teachers at the launch of Teachers for Economic Development (ED) in Harare last month, Harare Provincial Secretary Tafadzwa Muguti said teachers would benefit if they supported Mnangagwa and the ruling party.