Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora, I am a citizen vexed by the policy heresy you have conjured lately. I desire not to fight with anybody, neither will I silently leave you going on and leading us and our children astray.
By Gondora,Our Reader
As for the national pledge, I also have a piece of my mind to share. I do admire its construction for its lines sound wise. I, however, doubt its gravity and value for its being used as method of manipulation.
That leaves it valueless and insignificant in our lives. It leads me to wonder what saluting the national flag has to do with our future lying in the hands of the Almighty God.
As Christians, we trust already that it lies safe in there, but you go behind trying to exclude the Scripture Union (SU) in our schools. You try to hide behind the curriculum when you simply just have other reasons known unto you.
We also acknowledge that this country is multi-cultural and multi-religious, we, therefore, uphold spiritual matters sensibly and seriously. SU had no particular interference academic-wise, but rather it promoted spiritual and moral uprightness of students.
Dokora, you should know that individuals discover themselves at school, or, sadly, destroy themselves at school again. I, therefore, see no fair judgment concerning the abrupt announcement and speculation. With its characteristic of being interdenominational, as well as teaching Christian values, SU tries to mould levelled students, who will later on become useful and purposeful citizens. I do not wish to dwell much on that issue for mine is a special case I would like to share with you.
Every child in Zimbabwe has rights bestowed upon them. One of these rights I will shed more light on is that of education. I believe no matter black or white, rich or poor, every child is entitled to that right. These rights are proving that they carry value on paper only and not in deed. Before I proceed further, these children are oblivious of their rights and have no one to educate them. Are you taking advantage of their ignorance or you assume that they know? It is your ministry’s duty and mandate to educate these children about their rights. I am writing on behalf of the marginalised and underprivileged children.
Pupils from these marginalised societies go to school hungry. I support your schemes to feed children in schools.
However, before you proceed to implement this sound scheme, please start with places in Harare and nearby. If you find time and concern, please visit Hopley and you will be shocked by what you will see and encounter. Only then will you know your ministry is miles away from efficiency. You have a lot of catching up to do.
Mr Minister, you have a lot of work to do regarding important issues, not this pledge heresy.