Even at this 11th hour PTUZ calls upon the government of Zimbabwe to mellow down to a more constructive approach by paying reasonable salaries to teachers, who battle with large classes with very little resources. We re-iterate our long held view that schools must be politics-free zones and remind the government that well-paid teachers in safe schools is a must for quality public education. Not only should the government invest in education but it should also harmonise the labour laws and engage in binding collective bargaining with its employees in order to ensure industrial harmony and productivity.
We call upon parents and our students, as our last line of defence, to support us in our endeavours in order to enhance effective teaching and learning in Zimbabwean schools. We also call upon all teachers in Zimbabwe to defend the little professional space that may still exist. – Takavafira Zhou, Harare