2 WOZA members released – more schools visited

The two members that were arrested yesterday at Mpumelelo Primary School in Mpopoma have been released. They were taken to court this morning but the prosecutor dismissed the case against them.

Meanwhile, members visited another seven schools in Bulawayo, bringing the total to 23 schools visited in the past few days.

At Ingwengwe and Babamberi Primary Schools in Pumula, the authorities welcomed the representatives and encouraged parents with grievances to continue to engage the school through parents meetings. Both headmasters promised to look into the complaints. At Amhlophe Secondary School, also in Pumula, the authorities were unavailable to engage the representatives but the Teacher In Charge took the protests and flyers and emphasized that no pupils were being sent home for failure to pay fees.

At Mtshede Primary School in Njube and Sikhulile High School in Lobengula, members were again welcomed by both authorities who empathised with the parents and promised to look into the issues raised. This was repeated at Lotshe Primary School in Makokoba and Sobukhazi High School in Mzilikazi. Mr. Hlabangene of Lotshe Primary School even went outside to address the other members who were waiting outside the gate. He said the community need to be involved in the development of the school. A sentiment repeated by the headmaster at Sobukhazi who encouraged parents to engage with school authorities about any concerns they may have and not to keep quiet about ideas on ideas of developing the school.

WOZA would like to commend all the school authorities who took the time to listen to the concerns raised by parents at their schools. We hope that they will investigate the complaints made and respond positively. Meanwhile, we continue to urge all parents to engage with schools about any concerns they may have and to speak out about issues affecting their children.