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'We dont recognise the national pledge' - Zimta

by Thobekile Zhou
27 Apr 2016 at 17:05hrs | Views
Teachers union body - Zimta is bracing for a bruising showdown with Government over the controversial national pledge.

Provisionally, it said it does not recognise it as it was not consulted.

Some parents are threatening to stop children from going to school next week saying the government drafted and approved a so-called national pledge without consulting all stakeholders.

They allege that the national pledge is some form of political indoctrination, which is not wanted in schools.

The government claims that the national pledge will motivate people to cherish their Zimbabwean identity. Most local people say this is unconstitutional.

Addressing a press briefing at its ongoing annual conference in Victoria Falls today, Zimta top officials said Zimta was never consulted.

Sources told Bulawayo24.com that CEO Sifiso Ndlovu said "Zimta does not respect or recognise the national pledge as no consultations were made".

Zimta president Richard Gundani said by the end of the conference they would have resolved clear way forward.

Schools re-open next week.

"He said there are a lot of issues surroundng the whole pledge".

The ministry of primary and secondary education introduced the national pledge that will be recited by pupils and students in all schools.

Before lessons, pupils will recite the following pledge: "Almighty God, in whose hands our future lies, I salute the national flag. Respecting the brave fathers and mothers who lost lives in the Chimurenga/Umvukela.

"We are proud inheritors of the richness of our natural resources. We are proud creators and participants in our vibrant traditions and cultures. So I commit to honesty and the dignity of hard work."

Source - Byo24News