Ministry Declares War On Schools Resisting National Pledge

Ministry Declares War On Schools Resisting National Pledge
Published: 2016 May 15 11:06:05 (4922 Views)
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has fired warning shots on schools that are reportedly resisting a directive to teach pupils to recite the National Schools Pledge.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Sylvia Utete-Masango on Friday said although no official reports had been made, it had learnt through the media that some schools were not reciting the pledge.

Some church, trust and private schools around the country have vowed not to teach pupils to recite the pledge which they argue is unconstitutional.

Utete-Masango said the ministry would send its officials on the ground to establish the state of affairs once they are furnished with the list of the schools reportedly resisting the pledge, and only then they can map a way forward.

She however, could not be drawn into revealing the measures that will be taken against school authorities resisting the pledge.

Some churches have been on record vowing that the national pledge would not be recited at their schools. Brethren in Christ Church which runs schools in Matabeleland region that include Matopo High School, Mtshabezi High School and Wanezi High school, said pupils at its schools will not recite the pledge. The church argues that the pledge violated the national constitution.

Some of the schools that have allegedly resisted the pledge include Bulawayo Adventist High School, Midlands Christian College (MCC) and Midlands Christian School in Gweru and Anderson Adventist School again in Gweru. Mkhosana Seventh Day Adventist in Victoria Falls has also reportedly rejected the pledge.



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