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Public Service Commission devolves disciplinary authority functions

With effect from 2011, Provincial Education Directors will serve as disciplinary authorities in cases where teachers are facing allegations of misconduct, a function that was performed by the Permanent Secretary as Head of Ministry. This will see all determinations of misconduct hearings being made by the Provincial Education Directors, a development which is likely to see teachers facing a lot of injustices because of institutional bias against teachers which is entrenched in the Ministry. Read more

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Right to Legal Representation violated

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In a recent case, Wilbert Muringani, a graduate of the PTUZ Paralegal Training Project was barred access into an office where a PTUZ member Sister Catherine Munekani was appearing to answer misconduct charges before a Disciplinary Committee in Gweru, Midlands Province. This was despite the fact that the letter notifying Sister Munekani of the convening of the disciplinary hearing advised her of her right to be represented by a registered legal practitioner or a Union official. The hearing was chaired by the Provincial Education Director, Mrs. Agnes Gudo.

In a related development, Mr. Enock Paradzayi, another PTUZ paralegal was told by Danny Moyo, the Provincial Education Director for Bulawayo Province and Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee hearing the misconduct charges preferred against PTUZ members, Kudzai Makumbe and that he could only be present but was not supposed to say anything during the hearing. The letter inviting the two Bulawayo teachers for the disciplinary hearing also spelt out that the teachers could bring a lawyer or a trade union representative who were not allowed to speak.