The Matabeleland South Provincial education department has finally reversed the decision to transfer three teachers from Makuzeze Primary School in Mangwe District of Plumtree after protests by the local community.
Provincial education director Tumisang Tabela has since written letters to the three teachers – Lieto Dube, Sindiso Ncube and Ntokozo Denga – who were transferred under unclear circumstances advising them to return to their former school.
She said the reversal is with effect from 1 January 2013.
The reversal comes after the intervention of Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution together with Makuzeze parents who raised their objections against the transfer of the teachers.
The youth leaders accused the former headmistress of the school Victoria Pasipanodya of colluding with Mangwe District Education Officer Headman Mpofu to victimise the teachers and force them away from the school.
The three who were transferred were said to have been the only teachers at the school fluent in local languages, Kalanga and Ndebele.
Spokesperson of Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution Mqondisi Moyo told Radio Dialogue that as an organisation they will continue helping communities whose children are marginalised at primary level.
“We encourage all marginalised communities not to wait for politicians to intervene to solve their problems but to stand up and tackle them head on,” said Moyo
The headmistress Pasipanodya, her husband Munyaradzi and Robson Gotosa who also taught at the same school were forcibly removed by the local community as they were said to be outsiders who have no good command of local languages.