Thursday, February 15, 2007

Teacher's unioin head arrested

"HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean police arrested a union leader on Wednesday on charges of inciting teachers to strike for higher pay, according to his lawyer.

Raymond Majongwe, head of the Progressive Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe, was arrested one day after authorities detained more than 50 student activists who were planning to protest at rising school fees in defiance of President Robert Mugabe's government.

"We are processing their (Majongwe and two other officials) detention papers right now and they will spend the night in police custody," Otto Saki, Majongwe's lawyer said.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

Majongwe said his union represented 17,000 teachers...."

My friend, a teacher with a European Masters degree, was "retired" from her high school teaching job last year, the explanation was that higher qualified teachers cost too much...

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