WOMEN of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) staged a children march calling Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to fulfil of the right to education as enshrined in the Zimbabwe Constitution in Bulawayo.
The government confirmed the obligation in the Constitution Section 27(1) (a) that the state must take all practical measures to promote free and compulsory education for children.
In a statement, WOZA held the demonstration under the theme: “Free Acceptance Education to Develop the Nation”.
“We cannot access education freely and school is for those who have, those of us who have not face discrimination,” read the statement.
According to the statement WOZA raised concern over the increasing number of children getting chased from school because parents cannot pay fees.
“Children are forced to tell debt collectors what property is at home so they can come to repossess for non payment of fees,” said WOZA.
WOZA said there is also massive shortage of textbooks, the pupil to textbook ratio being 1:5 and therefore education is greatly affected.
“Induna Primary School has demanded that each child pays $5 for the construction of an ECD block but every Sunday over six churches use the school premises bringing over 120 dollars each Sunday.
“There is no infrastructure for classrooms but the new curriculum wants us to have laptops and smartphones, that is not smart of them,” read the statement.
WOZA also said teachers from other regions are teaching in Matebeleland yet they cannot even speak the local language.
“This distorts the local language of the area and makes communication difficult especially at infant levels such as ECD,” they said.
According to statement, students cannot pay registration fees for examinations and the period given by schools for registration was too short and some schools have openly refused to extend as per government regulation.
Recently in Bulawayo, women marched to the government complex demanding the scraping of levies in public schools saying government was buying more teargas instead of financing education.