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Roundup Bulletin No. 32 - 2011
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
October 04, 2011
of Assembly resumed sitting today after a week-long break. The
House only sat for 35 minutes before it adjourned for Wednesday
5 October 2011. The Senate is still on break until Tuesday 11 October
House of Assembly Plenary Proceedings
Restoration of Lapsed Motions to the Order Paper
As indicated above, the house of Assembly barely sat for 35 minutes
before adjourning to the following day. No major business was transacted
save for the restoration of lapsed motions to the Order Paper and
the adoption of Hon. Willias Madzimure.s motion on Asiagate involving
the National Soccer Team and notices of motions by the Deputy minister
of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Hon. Dr. Samuel Undenge
on bilateral agreements.
Hon. Kudakwashe Bhasikiti moved for the restoration of his condolence
motion on the death of Retired General Solomon to the Order Paper.
The motion had lapsed due to lack of quorum on Wednesday 21 September.
Hon. Tangwara Matimba moved for the restoration of his motion on
the First report of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government
regarding service delivery by the municipalities of Harare, Norton
and Chitungwiza. The motion had lapsed due to the prorogation of
the 3rd Session.
Adoption of Motion on Match-Fixing Scandal
Hon. Willias Madzimure (MDC-T Kambuzuma) wound up his motion on
the match-fixing scandal, better known as “Asiagate”,
involving the national football team in Asian countries. Since the
motion was adopted by the House yesterday, it is now incumbent upon
parliament administration to facilitate the establishment of a Parliamentary
Committee, as recommended by Hon. Madzimure, to investigate and
determine the role played by the Sports and Recreation Commission
(SRC) and Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) in the Asiagate scandal.
Notices of Motions
The Deputy Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion,
Hon. Dr. Samuel Undenge gave notices of motions on Bilateral Investment
Promotion and Protection Agreements (BIPPAs) between the government
of Zimbabwe and governments of Iran, India and Botswana.
on Activities of Committees
Committee on Education, Arts, Sport and Culture conducted public
hearings on challenges faced by the education sector. The hearings
were conducted in Mutasa District (Manicaland Province), Nemanwa
(Masvingo Province) and Senate Chambers (Harare Province) on 27
and 28 September and 4 October 2011, respectively.
Prominent organizations that made submissions at the public hearings
were the Progressive
Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and the Zimbabwe Teachers
Association (Zimta). These two unions were represented at all three
gatherings. At Mutasa and Nemanwa, organisations representing parents
at various schools (School Development Committees) were also present.
Harare also saw the church represented by the Evangelical
Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ). Major highlights of public views
are given below:
- Schools had
been turned into centres of conflict that pervaded the polarised
political environment in Zimbabwe
- There were
too many centres of power in the educational sector, which increased
areas of conflict. These included school headmasters, SDCs, traditional
and political leaders
- The concept
of .a safe learning environment. espoused by the Ministry of Education
must be complemented by the concept of .a safe teaching environment.;
one cannot exist without the other
- There is
general insecurity for teachers in Zimbabwe. This tends to create
shortages of trained personnel in high risk areas, creating a
deficit in the quality of education in those areas
- Lack of decisiveness
on the part of the relevant authorities has led to violence being
perpetrated at schools;
- There is
undue interference with the educational system by people that
should not have any role to play in the system
feel left out of national processes: They should be part of the
forthcoming referendum and elections. They were left out of the
constitutional process by threats of violence
were force-marching children to rallies to boost their numbers
- Schools should
not be used for political purposes
- The primary
school syllabus in Zimbabwe was congested and overloaded
school children were doing 11 subjects - yet sixth formers (on
average aged 16-18) were doing only 3! They had no time to play
and grow. Teachers had no contact time with pupils. Grade ones
must learn to read, rather than read to learn. In the SADC region,
the average load at primary school was 7 subjects.
- Class size
in Zimbabwe was too big for adequate teacher-pupil contact. The
ratio was abnormal.
- At independence,
the recommended teacher-pupil ratio was 25; today some classes
can reach 50. There is no way a teacher under these circumstances
can give adequate attention to all the students
agriculture must be incorporated into the curriculum
- While the
original intentions were noble, these had become a source of conflict,
tension and disparity in the education sector,
- It should
be the primary role of the State as the employer to remunerate
its employees. The State should never abrogate its obligations
- It appeared
that education was not adequately prioritized in national planning
must adequately pay its workers to ensure the quality of education
is not compromised Infrastructure:
infrastructure has been crumbling countrywide; efforts must be
made to ensure this trend is arrested and reversed
- The current
infrastructure is generally not friendly to teachers and students
There are no support services for the disabled in education. This
problem starts even from teachers colleges
- The financing
of education must be benchmarked to regional and international
standards in terms of percentage to the GDP of expenditure on
- It is the
primary role of Government to ensure that education remains a
right; it is not a privilege.
- The financing
of educational infrastructure should remain the role of the State.
- The current
scenario tended to turn schools into battle grounds between headmasters
and teachers on one hand, and parents on the other.
morality of students and pupils has gone down, and this reflects
badly on the country, and is worrisome
- The decadence
was not confined to students; some teachers were impregnating
- It does not
seem that the current monitoring system in the educational system
- The mushrooming
of unregistered institutions calling themselves colleges reflects
badly on government
- Levies paid
by parents are being abused by headmasters.
- It appears
current regulations do not permit the admission of guardians into
school structures; this role is left to parents. This does not
take account of the massive migrations and the impact of HIV that
has left a huge percentage of learners under the care of guardians.
- Private colleges
asked for more land in which to carry out their work.
- Others felt
that the proliferation of so-called private colleges was compromising
the quality of education. Some of these were rising on the bandwagon
of indigenisation, but paid scant regard to existing legal frameworks
must be accommodated by the nearest school to their homes: Children
were being made to walk long distances in some areas as there
were no schools.
were abandoning their stations in order to pursue private business
during working hours, thereby prejudicing their charges.
intends to take its public hearings to Matabeleland and Midlands
Provinces before compiling its report, which will be tabled in the
House of Assembly in due course.
It is expected that the Minister of Finance, Hon. Tendai Biti will
give a ministerial statement in Parliament today, on the Budget
Strategy Paper (BSP), laying out the 2012 budget formulation process.
This is in fulfilment of the requirements of the Public Finance
Management Act (PFMA).
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