Teachers’ unions welcome Dokora sacking

 Lazarus Dokora

Lazarus Dokora

Andile Tshuma, Chronicle Reporter
TEACHERS’ unions have welcomed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s decision to drop controversial Primary and Secondary Education Minister, Dr Lazarus Dokora from the new Cabinet.

Dr Dokora was dropped at the weekend when President Mnangagwa adjusted his team.

Professor Paul Mavima, who was the Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education under ex-President Cde Robert Mugabe’s administration and had retained the position, is now the new minister.

Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sifiso Ndlovu, said they hope the new minister learnt from his predecessor’s mistakes such as failing to consult when making far-reaching decisions.

Mr Ndlovu gave examples of times when Dr Dokora was at loggerheads with teachers’ unions over some of his reforms that include the new curriculum and the issue of the national pledge.

He lamented the former minister’s failure to improve the plight of teachers in the country.

“We don’t have any problems with authorities appointing anybody to lead, we have no problems with any individuals; we want someone with knowledge of education, who can deliver. Dokora contributed, made bold decisions, made mistakes, failed to listen sometimes, but he did contribute to education,” he said.

Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe president, Mr Obert Masaraure said his union was happy that Dr Dokora had been dropped but wished him well in his future endeavours.

“The noble dismissal of Honourable Dokora is a welcome move and we welcome it with a lot of expectation on the incoming minister in the portfolio. We never had a problem with Dr Dokora but had issues with his reforms and some elements of the new curriculum. We had a problem with the way he imposed the new curriculum which was going to destroy our sector; the teacher professional council which was going to deregister teachers willy nilly. We still have those issues on the table and we are hoping the incoming minister will address those issues so that the education sector can move forward,” he said.

Mr Masaraure called for consultation by the ministry to ensure representation of all stakeholders.

“For our sector to move forward, there must be comprehensive stakeholder consultations. There are a lot of talented Zimbabweans out there who can contribute to the education sector. We cannot all be ministers but through consultations, many worthwhile contributions may be made to the system,” said Mr Masaraure.

He said there was an urgent need to bridge the gap between rural and urban schools.

“The biggest inequality for us is the gap in the education sector where rural learners are excluded from real learning; they do not have proper infrastructure and enough competent teachers. We are hoping that the new minister can also be at the forefront pushing for an education equalisation fund, which will go a long way in improving and developing infrastructure in rural schools and introducing a rural teacher retention allowance to incentivising rural teachers and thereby improving rural education,” he said.


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  • dlamini

    Good Riddance to rubbish, Dokola womsuzo…Great Job Mr President

  • Martin Chipimo

    Thank you HE. ED, BUT Sir, You still have a number of people to Still sack from your line up. Thank for LISTENING to the people. I quote you “I am going be to your servant”

  • Ras Makate (Mutunhu une Mago)

    This bearded charlatan was experimenting with the education and future of our children, good riddance to bad rubbish is all I can say.


    The other trouble some Minister is Oppa Cde Pres we were very happy when she was dropped she is corrupt. Watch all Parastals under her new Ministry will fail to pay workers in the coming three months. She misuse money and is very corrupt. She dont care about welfare of workers. She likes flying draining money from Parastals. If possible do something Cde President. The madam is very corrupt together with the Board members she assigned.
    Save your self Cde President becoz the Policy for Madam Oppa will not restore legacy but She will destroy the legacy.
    She care about herself only stealing money from Parastals. If She is sincere and straight forward we are waiting to see if she will comply with State Procurement order on one corrupt tender she issued to her cabal without following tender procedures.

    Cde President Oppa and Orbert will destroy your legacy. Chihuri had turned the Police force to a criminal unit extorting money from Motorists he had destroyed Tourism. What is the logic of having 4 roadblocks on a 20 km stretch.

    As a servant of people I know you will listen to us.

  • Jonso

    Now we are moving forward Mr President. Indeed this was a step necessary.

  • Essexvale

    And by time too! This man was going wild imposing unpopular policies on learners countrywide. It’s because of him that children now have to salute a piece of rag while reciting a paganist pledge, where the name of Almighty God is mentioned only in passing. He shan’t be missed!

    • Unathi Makhetha

      thank goodness that some young men aren’t having erections without pills – keeps the population of self-obsessed idiots down.

  • Ragna

    Kahambe umhlathwakhe…