WOZA targets schools

HARARE - Members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) took to the streets again this week in six areas across Harare and Bulawayo. The peaceful protests targeted government and council schools, which have continued to turn away children for non-payment of fees.
Three women were arrested as they dis

persed from Mtshede Primary and at the time of going to press were being held at Njube Police Station. At Fungisai Government School in Chitungwiza, members reported having a conversation with uniformed police officers.
Education Minister Aeneas Chigwedere said on state television that he was not responsible and WOZA should not come to his office but should visit headmasters.
WOZA members therefore delivered a message to schools requesting that Headmasters not send children away for non-payment. Today, seven schools that had ignored these requests were targeted for community-based protests.
In Chitungwiza Fungisai Government, Farai Council and two Seke High Schools were visited by over 200 women. In Harare hundreds of members protested at Glenview 7 Primary, Glenview High Council, Dzivarasekwa High and Fundo Primary Schools. In Bulawayo over 150 members visited Ngubo Primary, 80 members went to Mtshede Primary School and Mahlabezulu Primary School also had a visit by 80 members. – Own correspondent

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