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ARTUZ demands clear roadmap on opening of schools

Almagamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has called for a clear roadmap on the opening of Schools ahead of the 2022 first term.

Schools are expected to open after the 14th of January but according to the vibrant teacher union it seems as if there is no clear roadmap.

“Schools should remain closed or should be genuinely opened, we have had a scenario where schools are said to be open but there will be no teachers or students in the classroom,” ARTUZ President Obert Masaraure told participants who attended a #Saveoureducation campaign in Manicaland.

Participants at the meeting raised various issues which include teacher remuneration. Masaure said teachers in Zimbabwe are the least paid in Southern Africa.

Teachers have been demanding that their salaries be restored to pre – October 2018 when they used to get at least USD$540-00 per month.

ARTUZ Secretary General Robson Chere said their organisation is determined to fight for the betterment of education in Zimbabwe.

“Our mandate is clear we are going to fight for a better environment for our teachers and learners, sanity should prevail in the classroom, ” Chere said.

Mutasa South legislator Regai Tsunga also attended the meeting and he was handed a petition to present to parliament.