Nine Year Old Pupil Drags Teachers To Court
Nine year old pupil drags teachers to court over planned strikes. A nine year old student at Mafuko Primary School in the Gwanda district of Matabeleland South has approached the High Court seeking an order to bar public school teachers from embarking on a planned industrial action over poor salaries and poor working conditions. Teachers are demanding a salary of US$550 or its equivalent in local currency to cover for the rising cost of living which has since incapacitated them.
Teachers recently threatened not to resume work on schools reopen for the second term if their demands for better working conditions are not solved by the Government.
Amohelang Ulukile Dube (9) is being presented by her grandmother, Ms Senzeni Nyathi, through her lawyers Ndove and Associates. The minor filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court in Bulawayo, citing the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta), Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions, Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), the chairperson of the Public Service Commission, Dr Vincent Hungwe, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema, Minister of Public Service, Labour and social Welfare Professor Paul Mavima and Minister of Finance and Economic Development Professor Mthuli Ncube, as the respondents.
Ms Nyathi’s founding affidavit stated that the refusal by cited teacher unions and their members to take up classes over salary grievances and improved working conditions together with the Government’s non-intervention constitutes a violation of the children’s rights to education as enshrined in sections 75 and 81 of the country’s Constitution. She wants the teachers’ unions together with their members interdicted from boycotting classes with all teachers being directed to report for duty within 48 hours of the granting of the order.
"I further seek ancillary relief to the effect that the Government be ordered and mandated to provide teaching staff to ensure that there would be no interruption of teaching services or classes in all public primary and secondary schools in Zimbabwe so that the rights of the children are not violated,” said Ms Nyathi.