Zim, SA to har­monise ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Paidamoyo Chipunza and Praise Bvum­bam­era Harare Bureau Daniel Ne­mukuyu Harare Bureau

THE Zim­bab­wean and South African Gov­ern­ments are work­ing to­wards reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of the teach­ing pro­fes­sion to deal with un­em­ployed but qual­i­fied teach­ers in Zim­babwe and at the same time ad­dress the need gap in South Africa in a col­lab­o­ra­tive man­ner.

The process is ex­pected to see Zim­bab­wean teach­ers in South African be­ing reg­is­tered and li­censed.

The move comes against the back­drop of an un­quan­tifi­able num­ber of qual­i­fied Zim­bab­wean teach­ers work­ing in South Africa. Some of the them are not in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor and those in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor are em­ployed mostly in pri­vate schools, where authorities can­not eas­ily mon­i­tor their con­di­tions of ser­vice.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, flanked by South Africa’s Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­gelina Mot­shekga, FIGHT­ING the rul­ing Zanu-PF at court has proved costly for three politi­cians who were fired from the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party af­ter their lawyers turned against them and took them to the High Court over un­paid le­gal fees to the tune of $25 000.

Ru­gare Eleck Ngidi Gumbo and Dy­d­mus Mu­tasa, who are now with a new po­lit­i­cal out­fit Zim­babwe Peo­ple First, to­gether with Youth Ad­vo­cacy for Re­form and Democ­racy leader Temba Mliswa, made head­lines be­tween 2015 and early this year for fre­quent­ing the High Court with suits against the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party.

The trio was last year ex­pelled from Zanu-PF for al­legedly try­ing to top­ple Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

For the le­gal suits, the highly liti­gious trio en­joyed the ser­vices of Nyaku­tombwa, Mu­gabe Le­gal Coun­sel when they did not have the ca­pac­ity to pay the law firm.

Nyaku­tombwa, Mu­gabe Le­gal Coun­sel raised a bill for all the ser­vices ren­dered but the three did not pay.

Af­ter un­suc­cess­fully try­ing all the av­enues to re­cover the debt, the law firm has is­sued sum­mons at the High Court claim­ing the out­stand­ing $25 000 from the politi­cians.

When the three were ex­pelled from Zanu-PF last year, they ap­proached the law firm seek­ing le­gal ser­vices.

“As a re­sult of their ex­pul­sion, they ap­proached the plain­tiff and re­tained the plain­tiff for the pro­vi­sion of sev­eral le­gal ser­vices re­lated to their ex­pul­sion from the afore­said po­lit­i­cal party.

“The ser­vices in­cluded chal­leng­ing the afore­said ex­pul­sion and seek­ing the en­force­ment of cer­tain con­sti­tu­tional rights,” reads part of the plain­tiff ’s dec­la­ra­tion.

In com­ing up with the bill, the law firm charged the trio for all opted ser­vices ren­dered and for all court at­ten­dances in terms of the Law So­ci­ety of Zim­babwe Gen­eral tar­iff of 2011.

No guar­an­tee of suc­cess was given nor was fail­ure of the cases a ba­sis for non-pay­ment of the due fees, the lawyers ar­gued.

The trio lost all their cases at the High Court and the Supreme Court and be­came eva­sive in terms of set­tling the le­gal bill.

Mu­tasa and Gumbo were rep­re­sented in a High Court case in which they were con­test­ing ex­pul­sion from Zanu-PF un­der HC1914 and they left a bal­ance of $2 950.

The lawyers are also claim­ing $5 181 from Mu­tasa and Mliswa for le­gal ser­vices ren­dered while they were pur­su­ing an­other case at the Con­sti­tu­tional Court reg­is­tered un­der CCZ 10/15.

Mu­tasa is be­ing sep­a­rately sued $1 380 for ser­vices in a case he re­quired spo­li­a­tion or­der against the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net. Mu­tasa and Mliswa were also charged $12 463 in an­other con­sti­tu­tional chal­lenge filed un­der CCZ 9/15 at the Con­sti­tu­tional Court. The law firm is also claim­ing $4 945 from Mu­tasa for rep­re­sent­ing him in a case he was fight­ing the Con­stituency Elec­tions Of­fice.

The lawyers want the trio to pay costs of the suit and to be obliged to pay in­ter­est on the to­tal fig­ures owed at the rate of 5 per­cent per an­num cal­cu­lated from the date of is­suance of the sum­mons to the date of pay­ment in full. In one of the cases in which Mu­tasa and Gumbo were con­test­ing ex­pul­sion at the High Court, the duo chick­ened out on March 30 this year. af­ter a two-day con­fer­ence on iden­ti­fy­ing pos­si­ble ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion, Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Laza­raus Dokora said is­sues of hu­man re­sources, re­search, cur­ricu­lum im­ple­men­ta­tion and assess­ment are ear­marked for col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“The way we have dis­cussed this is­sue is to say that, when our teach­ers pro­ceed to work in South Africa, we want to know where they are, how they are be­ing de­ployed and we also safe­guard their in­ter­ests,” said Dr Dokora.

He said the col­lab­o­ra­tion was meant to find a com­mon ground with South Africa for the ben­e­fit of not only the two coun­tries but also the teach­ers them­selves.

Dr Dokora said both coun­tries also need to co­op­er­ate on cur­ricu­lum im­ple­men­ta­tion and assess­ment to mod­ernise the two in line with the de­mands of the 21st cen­tury.

“We have shared mat­ters of mu­tual in­ter­est, their ex­pe­ri­ences and our ex­pe­ri­ences too and we have agreed to con­tinue col­lab­o­ra­tion to­gether in the area of assess­ment,” said Dr Dokora.

He said other ar­eas in­clude ed­u­ca­tional con­fer­ences to keep learn­ing from each other and arts fes­ti­vals.

Min­is­ter Mot­shekga said South Africa had al­ways held Zim­babwe’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in high es­teem and there­fore had a lot to learn.

She said one area her Gov­ern­ment was keen to learn from Zim­babwe was the area of pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tions in which, she said, the coun­try was way ahead com­pared to South Africa.

“His­tor­i­cally, South Africa looks for­ward to the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem of Zim­babwe and thus we never hes­i­tated to take up your in­vi­ta­tion to this meet­ing to see how best we can col­lab­o­rate,” she said.

Min­is­ter Mot­shekga said a se­ries of meet­ings will fol­low the en­gage­ment with her Zim­bab­wean coun­ter­part to start op­er­a­tional­is­ing other ar­eas that do not nec­es­sar­ily re­quire Me­moranda of Un­der­stand­ing.

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