Govt must listen to the people

PRIMARY and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora’s move to continue with the national pledge despite an outcry from parents, including a pending court case, shows that people’s voices are simply an echo in the wilderness.

It does not need a rocket scientist to tell that ordinary Zimbabwean parents are against the national pledge introduced when schools recently opened.

However, despite this controversial pledge being a subject of criticism from several parents to an extent of some dragging Dokora to court, the minister has proceeded to enforce it on hapless children.

It is common knowledge that many of these politicians’ children are attending schools outside the country, hence there is no way they can be forced to recite this so-called national pledge.

If this government is a government of the people, why is it failing to listen to the people’s will?

?While Dokora is arguing that this is pledge is part of the Constitution we believe some constitutional clauses can be amended to suit the people’s will.

There are several laws that need realignment with the country’s Constitution, but all the government is interested on implementing is a national pledge that opposition political leaders have described as fascist.

?We see this as a case of misplaced priorities. The pledge is of no economic value to Zimbabwe, neither does it solve any of the country’s problems.

We urge government to concentrate on urgent and important issues rather than burdening innocent children through opportunistic Constitutional clauses that it picks and chooses specifically to serve its own interests and perpetuate its tired legacy.

People need food on the table not pledges and children need education.

?Zimbabweans are suffering and there are no jobs. While the economy has collapsed, all government can do is spent precious time pushing a controversial pledge that does not add value to children’s educational base.

?Why can’t government come up with educational policies that enable sustainability or at least emulate Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, who introduced the visionary STEM programme that promotes the taking up of science subjects by students?

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