Keep politics out of schools

The government has been urged to consider drafting laws to protect schools and the livelihood of their teachers in the forthcoming elections.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe national coordinator, Enock Paradzai, said it was worrying how teachers were abused during election periods. He appealed to the government to bring in a law to protect teachers during that period.

“We lost quite a number of teachers during the 2008 elections and some had to flee the country because of political violence. Thus we are appealing to the government to consider enacting a law that would enforce the protection of our teachers,” said Paradzai.

He also asked political parties not to set up camps on school property.

“We are also appealing to all political parties to engage in fair political campaigns and not to use schools as bases. In Masvingo and Chimanimani quite a number of schools have already started being used as bases and the government should step in and curb such activities,” he said.

However, when contacted for comment the provincial education director for Bulawayo, Dan Moyo, denied to comment on the issue saying that his office did not have the mandate to comment.

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