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ARTUZ marks decade with call for equitable education funding in Zimbabwe

by Bustop TV News

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) celebrated its 10th anniversary with a resounding call for improved education equity during their recent CBC/AGM held in Masvingo province from April 9 to 12.

During the conference, teachers highlighted several challenges hindering quality education in Zimbabwe, particularly in rural areas.

In their statement, ARTUZ pointed to the critical issue of high teacher-pupil ratios, with some classes exceeding 60 students per teacher. “Inclusive education is difficult to achieve due to the high teacher student ratios, with some classrooms having as many as 60 students per teacher.

“This is exacerbated by the shortage of schools in Zimbabwe, with statistics showing a deficit of 2,800 schools nationwide. The government’s failure to address this deficit tramples upon the constitutional mandate of education equality, leaving many children with substandard education,” the statement reads.

The teachers also denounced fee-based extra lessons, arguing that they are disadvantageous to students from underprivileged backgrounds.

ARTUZ further stated that extra lessons, often offered for a fee, are disadvantageous to students from underprivileged backgrounds. These lessons target students who can afford the service, promoting elitism and unequal access to education.

The union also underscored Section 75 of the Zimbabwean Constitution, which guarantees every citizen access to basic state-funded education, stating that: “Section 75 of the Zimbabwe Constitution unequivocally grants every Zimbabwean the right to basic state-funded education.

“The government has a constitutional duty to progressively make education accessible and available by implementing reasonable and legislative measures. However, this has not been the case.”

Teachers raised concerns regarding the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM), arguing that its current state hinders schools from delivering quality education.

Additionally, they criticized the national budget, which they claim fails to prioritize education funding.

Furthermore, concerns were raised regarding the lack of support for teachers in rural areas, including unfulfilled promises of school fee waivers for their children.

The union resolved to organize communities to advocate for better working conditions and defend teachers facing unfair treatment.

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