Chamisa sides with teachers

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…as total crises hits schools

By CHRISTINE HLENGANI/FARAIMUNASHE CHIKUMBIRIKE

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has thrown his weight behind the striking teachers and told government to urgently address their demands for a decent and living wage paid in United States dollars.

Chamisa’s comments follow the failure by government to address the concerns raised by teachers that led to the strike after schools were opened by government to allow pupils in exam classes to write following their four-month Covid-19 induced closure.

Last week, the nation was left shell-shocked after pictures of sexual orgies, drug abuse and other vices by pupils went viral on social media.

The lack of supervision by teachers due to their absence, has  exposed the idle pupils to immoral dangers which were worse that the Covid-19 pandemic fears, parents have revealed to Zim Community News.

Chamisa told Zim Community News that a nation that neglects its education neglects its civilization and a government that ignores its teachers ignores its future.

“Teachers must be paid in $US. Teachers must be given a decent and living salary. A teacher without a decent salary is like a vehicle on an empty tank and without fuel.

He added that education was the backbone of any nation and teachers were the conscience of society.

“A classroom is dangerous without a teacher. Students without a teacher are like a flock without a shepherd. Students are exposed to the ravages and savages of wild world full of marauding wolves and moral decay.

Meanwhile, parents interviewed by the ZCN crew expressed their concern on the absence of teachers in schools and demanded that the children should stay at home until the teachers were back in school.

“Our children should stay at home instead of ruining their lives as they might contact sexually transmitted diseases and get unwanted pregnancies.

“It’s better to take our children back home than to leave them at school doing nothing”.

The parents that boarding schools were the ones worst affected since there were no teachers to supervise the children.

“Children are now living as husband and wife and no one is there to control them,” said a headmaster who declined to be named for fear of reprisals.

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