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Njube: Learners demonstrate over a deteriorating education system

By Tatenda Marwodzi

Hundreds of disgruntled high school learners took to the streets to protest against the deteriorating education system, fees hikes and poor working conditions for teachers.

The protest, organised by Njube high school learners and led by science teacher Brian Mutsiba, took place along Luveve road in Bulawayo earlier today.

Fees for the new year has been hiked by over 340% while teachers have continued to abscond class due to incapacitation.

“Our teachers no longer attend classes because they earn peanuts. Some of them are now engaged in other business ventures outside of school such as selling mopane worms to make a living,” said one disgruntled learner.

A Zimbabwean teacher now earns a paltry salary of Z$1000 which is less than US$50. Earlier in the month, the teachers union called for the government to increase salaries of the lowest civil servant to an amount equivalent US$470, a 420% increment in line with inflation.

However, the appeal did not bear any fruits as the government offered a 100% fee increment instead. The learners have called on international organisation UNICEF to intervene in bringing sanity to Zimbabwe’s education system since the government has failed them.

Parents can no longer afford the cost of education and teachers can no longer afford to be in class. This is negatively affecting the youth who depend on the education system to brighten their future.

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