WASHINGTON DC —
The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has requested a meeting with President Robert Mugabe to discuss the state of the education sector in the country as standards continue to slide.
PTUZ secretary general Raymond Majongwe said the union feels Education Minister Lazarus Dokora has failed to address their grievances.
Majongwe said some of the issues they want to discuss with the president include the low pass rates, teacher incentives, continuing brain drain in the sector, disabled teachers and related issues.
He noted that the union is happy to include members from other teachers’ organizations to add value to their grievances and demands, but emphasized that they have to speak with one voice.
On why they have decided to go directly to the president by-passing Minister Dokora in the process, Majongwe said, "We have engaged the minister before but like you are going to see many of our sister unions agree that there has basically been no stakeholder engagement with the ministry."