THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate resignation of Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora for allegedly failing to stop schools from chasing away students who have not yet paid fees for the new term.
BY SILAS NKALA
PDP said it was well known by the government that most parents were facing serious liquidity challenges due to the crumbling economy.
Party spokesperson for Bulawayo province Fortune Mlalazi yesterday said PDP was appalled by the ministry’s failure to deal with private and government schools which were arbitrarily barring pupils and students who have not paid tuition fees.
“The PDP notes that the Dokora administration is fully aware that the Zanu PF regime has failed to run this country to the extent of failing to pay civil servants and pensioners who include war veterans, yet fails to monitor schools and stop them from denying pupils and students their fundamental right to education by excluding them from lessons,” Mlalazi said.
He said the Dokora administration appeared to be ignorant of the Constitution of the land that guaranteed education as a fundamental human right.
“Therefore, PDP calls for the urgent resignation of Minister Dokora from his undeserved post. We also urge the government to be serious about the rights of children, especially the right to education. PDP will soon be forced to act in defence of the people’s rights. This government of President Robert Mugabe must not push the people to action. It’s time they did the honourable thing,” Mlalazi threatened.
The PDP’s remarks come in the wake of reports that several schools across the country continued to bar students from class despite the government policy that pupils must not be sent home because they have not paid fees or levies.