Teachers warn government: A hungry nation can’t be governed properly.
Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary general, Raymond Majongwe warned that as the nations get hungrier, citizens will become angrier and ungovernable. Teacher Unions have admonished the government to deal with the issues affecting teachers urgently, saying that the situation has become unbearable.
Speaking during NewZimbabwe.com’s The Agenda Programme on Monday, Majongwe said: The government needs to realise that we can only be of service to the nation if workers are well remunerated.
I remember, when President Mnangagwa was inaugurated at the National Stadium (in November 2017), there was a traditional healer who came and said: ‘President, a hungry nation cannot be governed’. I want to repeat this because it was said on a public platform.
President, you can’t govern a nation of starving people properly. Your people are hungry. Your workers are hungry. Make sure you give them enough money so that they can send their children to school. Make sure you make them happy, so they are able to serve this country.
Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu said that teachers had to take soft loans for them to be able to return to their work stations ahead of the second term. Said Ndlovu:
We have had to advance soft loans to teachers so they can get back to work. They have been impoverished and you don’t get such kind of dedication to duty from anywhere in the world. Our members are ready to serve their country. The employer must meet their end of the bargain.
In terms of responsiveness, if we compare, I can say yes we have a more responsive government. However, I must hasten to say it is no use or even more dangerous if we have a government that listens but then does nothing. The ZIMTA boss was speaking on the same programme with Majongwe.
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