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should be spared political activity
July 17, 2013
Teachers’ Association (Zimta) and children’s rights
activists have castigated the use of schools as political campaign
venues, saying it contravenes the Constitution.
for Children Trust programmes director Caleb Mutandwa said he
had received reports that children lost learning time while cleaning
up the mess left by thousands of people after rallies were held
at their schools.
political rallies at schools violates children’s rights, including
Section 81 of the new Constitution
which says children should not be forced to attend rallies or any
political activities,” said Mutandwa.
reports that after attending a rally at a certain school, the following
day children spent time cleaning up the mess at the school.”
upon politicians to promote and uphold children’s rights during
their campaigns as enshrined in the Constitution.
executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu said while several activities would
naturally give way to elections, it was not right that the school
term be interfered with.
have become the nerve centres for use by political parties and that
compels education officials to alter time tables. The result is
that schools are going to be stampeded into exams and teachers and
children are under high pressure,” Ndlovu said.
schools should be apolitical venues and once a political party used
them to hold rallies, the result was that the school might be associated
with that party.
really say the closure of schools one week earlier is unwarranted
because elections are important events of governance and even the
education sector is affected.
we want people to desist from forcing schoolchildren to participate
in their political events,” he said.
there was nothing wrong with conscientising children to politics
as it was included in their social studies syllabus.
As a result
of the July
31 poll, schools will close on July 26 instead of August 8 as
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