Exams under police guard

coltart_davidHARARE - Five teachers who fled a school in Chiweshe district recently following severe beatings by Zanu (PF) militants have returned under police guard to administer examinations, a union official said. (Pictured: Education minister, David Coltart).

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) national treasurer, Ladistous Zunde, told The Zimbabwean that, following the attacks, education minister David Coltart had written to the police officer commanding Mashonaland Central province requesting protection for the teachers from Chaona school.

Zunde said the teachers suffered serious injuries after they were attacked by militiamen. The militants were apparently angered by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s partial pullout from the inclusive government.

According to the teachers, the Zanu (PF) supporters ordered them to ‘disengage’ from schools for their perceived support of Tsvangirai.

The same teachers spent five months in hospital last year after they were brutally tortured by soldiers and militiamen who went on a rampage after Tsvangirai defeated Mugabe in presidential elections held in March 2008.

Zunde was due to take medical affidavits for the five teachers to Coltart together with their request for transfers to safer areas. Zunde said the minister had been sympathetic when he met the teachers soon after they were attacked.

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