Mukaro High teachers take school to court

Mirror Reporter Gutu Reporter Gutu – Two teachers at the Roman Catholic-run Mukaro High School have taken their headmaster and other authori...


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Gutu – Two teachers at the Roman Catholic-run Mukaro High School have taken their headmaster and other authorities to court for barring them from teaching by withdrawing their names from the master timetable.
According to court documents, Martin Matenhere and Musana Chirikure are teachers at Mukaro but are not teaching because their lessons averaging 32 each per week have been withdrawn and distributed to other teachers including students.
The two are accused of having masterminded a strike that shook the church in 2012 in which over 600 pupils walked 20km to Mpandawana to protest against food and other conditions at the school. The students then handed over their petition to the then District Education Officer, Sylvester Tererai.
Matenhere has raised the issue of unfair labour practice with Gutu Magistrate, Edwin Marecha who postponed the matter to February 12, 2016 because the school submitted its heads of argument late.
The complainant who is being represented by Charles Ndlovu of Ndlovu and Hwach Legal Practitioners is arguing that the relationship between him and the school head Acquainos Mazhunga got sour after the strike as the head suspected him and Chirikure of having masterminded the strike.
He says in his court documents that he approached the courts and won the case and was also brought before a disciplinary hearing which also absolved him of any wrong doing. The court actually ordered the school not to interfere with the work of the two teachers.
Matenhere says he was however, surprised that in November 2015 a departmental meeting allocated him 32 lessons but these were all withdrawn when he came back to school for the first time this year.
He says that as a result the two are not teaching but are still in the school.
Matenhere argues that the head and authorities above him are in contempt of court as they are ignoring court rulings that cleared him of any act of misconduct.
The school which is represented by Collen Maboke of Ruvengo and Maboke are arguing that the relationship between the school and the teachers is so bad that they can no longer work together.
The matter was supposed to appear before Magistrate Marecha on Monday but was postponed to February 12, 2016. news

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