Zimbabwe’s Education Amendment Bill: What you need to know

Zimbabwe’s Education Amendment Bill: What you need to know 1

HARARE – The Education Amendment Bill is currently before Parliament. The proposed law introduces some important changes to the Education Act which governs education policy in Zimbabwe. Given the far-reaching, bipartisan nature of the Bill, every citizen must be familiar with some of the key changes that the law seeks to introduce. One major criticism is that the bill does not provide for the safety of students and teachers in circumstances where they may be subjected to political involvement. That said, there are progressive aspects of the bill, including the…

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Pregnant pupils divide Parliament

Pregnant pupils divide Parliament 3

By Zvamaida Murwira/ Thandeka Moyo Parliament was left divided on Wednesday over a clause in the Education Amendment Bill which bans the expulsion of girls who fall pregnant while in school. Professor Paul Mavima Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavima defended the clause while backbenchers argued that it was not sustainable as it had the effect of turning schools into “maternity homes” and undermined the country’s moral fabric. This came during the Second Reading stage of Education Amendment Bill which also seeks to ban corporal punishment in schools.…

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Human Rights Watch recommendations on Zimbabwe’s Education Amendment Bill

Human Rights Watch, the international rights watchdog, has written to Zimbabwe’s Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education making recommendations on the Education Amendment Bill, first gazetted in February 2019. Dewa Mavhinga, Human Rights Watch’s Southern Africa director and Zama Neff, the body’s Children’s rights executive director, jointly signed the letter in which they said they hoped Zimbabwean MPs will “adopt a robust amendment to the Education Act that guarantees everyone’s right to education, and brings Zimbabwe’s laws in line with its international and regional human rights obligations.” Here is…

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