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    Teachers complain of harassment at Beitbridge Herentals


    BEITBRIDGE – Several teachers at Herentals College, a private school in Beitbridge have complained against constant harassment by the head after one of the colleagues got her contract terminated for being a Seventh Day Adventist church member.
    Jane Mabuto was allegedly fired on  April 10 this year after she told the head George Mapurisa that she could not work on Saturdays as she will be going to church.
    Mabuto confirmed the matter in a telephone interview. She however declined to give more details.
    Mapurisa also confirmed the matter to The Mirror and said the termination of her contract was because she had said that she cannot teach on Saturdays and cannot also teach Mathematics and Science to some classes.
    Mapurisa refused to answer further questions and referred The Mirror to Herentals head office.
    Finos Madhumbu the Adminstrator at Herentals in Harare denied the allegations and said Mabuto's contract lapsed in August and up to now she was reporting for duty. He said it cannot be true that the school head harrases teachers.
    Several teachers at the school who declined to be named for fear of victimization however, described the environment at the school which opened in Beitbridge early this year as unprofessional and not conducive.
    They said Mapurisa was fond of using the word "munotsva" (you will burn your fingers) meaning that he would instantly fire them.
    They accused Mapurisa of being abusive and threatening to fire teachers at every turn. They said that Mapurisa would deny you sick day if that happens after payday.
    "As a private school the school guards are quite powerful and these are some of the school head's tools in harassing teachers. The guard Alex Pondiwa and the school secretary Precious Jose are involved in harrasing teachers verbally.
    Pondiwa  said he no longer work at Herentals and he can not continue talking to journalists.
    Jose said was not reachable for comment..
    "We always work under fear of losing our jobs and the working environment is not so conducive. He always says munotsva meaning that he did not hesitate to fire teachers," said a teacher.
    The school has 130 primary and secondary
    school pupils.

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