Breaking News

Temporary teachers to be phased out

by Staff reporter
24 February 2013 | 4669 Views
The Government intends to phase out the services of unqualified school teachers within the next five years following strong indications that their continued deployment is compromising education standards.

A university degree will be the minimum entry requirement for teachers once Government plans to revamp the education sector are implemented.

Speaking at a Sapes Trust policy dialogue meeting in Harare last week, Education, Arts, Sport and Culture Minister Senator David Coltart said plans are already underway to address a worrying situation where the Government has over 20 000 unqualified teachers on its payroll.

Senator Coltart revealed that the unqualified teachers will be trained.

"We are crafting a national vision for the country's education sector and one of the solutions to our crisis is the banning of unqualified teachers," he said.

"We need to ensure that every single teacher is qualified. Those unqualified will go for training and we are giving them first preference.

"After phasing out the unqualified teachers, the next step is to make sure that our teachers have a minimum of a degree as a qualification so that we produce the best in our schools." Turning to last year's Ordinary Level pass rate, Minister Coltart said the pass rate was "not shocking", adding that the international examination pass rate stands at 25 percent. He noted that some pupils were not academically gifted, hence, the need for the education curriculum to offer more practical subjects.

"Our results are not shocking as some people have claimed. The problem we have is that the country is expecting every pupil to be academically smart…we all have different talents.

"As long as we focus on academics we are denying over half of our students a decent living," he said.

Senator Coltart said Government should invest more in education to attract some of the country's best brains.

"We need to pay our teachers handsomely so that we attract the cream of our students to train as teachers," he said. "We need to genuinely treat them as professionals. As we speak, we are failing to attract those who have flying colours to train as teachers.

"The current environment attracts only those who are average and those who have nothing else to do are taking up teaching as a profession. So, how can we produce the best results?"




Contributing to the discussion, veteran educationist Ms Letwin Ndanga said untrained teachers find it difficult to identify a pupil's weaknesses because they have not been trained to do so.

A massive brain drain that Zimbabwe experienced at the peak of the sanction-induced economic downturn of 2008 forced the Government to deploy unqualified teachers to fill the void left by trained tutors who had migrated to countries such as South Africa, Botswana and Australia in search of the so-called greener pastures.

Teachers

Source: SN

Could there be war if Grace Mugabe becomes President?

Yes
73.23%
No
11.02%
Who cares?
15.75%
127

Comments

Latest Classifieds (Click Here For More)

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Zimbabwe, Zambia to launch pilot uni-visa - The government will launch...

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 121 Views

MDC-T youths bay for suspended Hlalo's blood - Members of the MDC-T Bu...

by Makhosi Sibanda | 20 October 2014 | 200 Views

Another NRZ train derails - A Victoria Falls-bound National Railways o...

by Lesley Moyo | 20 October 2014 | 194 Views

Grade 7 boy hangs himself on burglar bar - A Grade 7 boy at Senzangakh...

by Staff Reporter | 20 October 2014 | 941 Views

Ambassador Nyamupinga dies at 65 - A career diplomat who served in Aus...

by Staff Reporter | 20 October 2014 | 1833 Views

Econet buys Telecel - Econet Wireless Global (EWG) has acquired the a...

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 2855 Views

Man jailed for battering his 'loose' sisters

by Court reporter | 20 October 2014 | 1687 Views

'Hungry' man in trouble for robbing Good Samaritan - A CHITUNGWIZA m...

by Staff Reporter | 20 October 2014 | 1632 Views

South Africa extends ZSP appointment dates deadline! - The new deadli...

by ZIM-ID (SA) | 20 October 2014 | 3794 Views

Mother of six 'shocked' to death after getting BCC bill

by Staff Reporter | 20 October 2014 | 4360 Views

7 years behind bars for reckless kombi driver

by Staff Reporter | 20 October 2014 | 2326 Views

5 highway patrol cops in soup - Five National Highway Patrol cops have...

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 3448 Views

Man in trouble for selling crocodile eggs

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 2464 Views

Grace Mugabe lashes at Ray Kaukonde - Video - Robert Mugabe's wife Gra...

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 3084 Views

How many insults are the people of Matabeleland going to stomach? - IT...

by Nomazulu Thata | 20 October 2014 | 2555 Views

'Help me find my father' - WhatsApp update

by Concerned Citizen | 20 October 2014 | 2085 Views

Crisis of expectation in the MDC formations - The current goings on in...

by Stewart Murewa | 20 October 2014 | 1662 Views

Death threats against Grace Mugabe mount - Report

by Itai Mushekwe/ Mary-Kate Kahari | 20 October 2014 | 9177 Views

Politburo gags Gumbo - As faction fighting intensifies, the Zanu-PF se...

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 3745 Views

Welcome to abject poverty dumped minister Dzikamai Mavhaire! - The fa...

by Wilbert Mukori | 20 October 2014 | 4659 Views

Grace Mugabe to deputise hubby before taking over next year - Grace Mu...

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 4840 Views

Kingdom bank crisis continues as people spend nights for $50

by Business reporter | 20 October 2014 | 1460 Views

Pastor ordered to pay $80 maintenance

by Staff Reporter | 20 October 2014 | 2065 Views

Zanu-PF MP accused of grabbing conservancy - Zanu-PF Kariba MP Isaac M...

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 934 Views

Mugabe backs Grace over Mujuru attacks

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 7237 Views

City man offers $10 for upkeep of 4 children

by Court reporter | 20 October 2014 | 1139 Views

Ezra 'Tshisa' Sibanda eyeing Bosso post?

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 3266 Views

Jostling for posts at Bosso begins - JOSTLING for positions at Bulaway...

by Sikhumbuzo Moyo | 20 October 2014 | 1490 Views

Entertainment

Zim representative in the Big Brother Africa survives eviction - Zimba...

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 614 Views

Grace Mugabe's political comedy takes ZTV hostage - For the past two w...

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 2897 Views

Oliver Mtukudzi to deliver lecture at Musica 2014 - Zimbabwe's interna...

by Staff reporter | 19 October 2014 | 884 Views

Gezha maoko - Ladybee (Official Video)

by Staff Reporter | 19 October 2014 | 1457 Views

Matebeleland Music & Arts Festival - Sivala umnyaka ngengoma lapho sit...

by Staff Reporter | 17 October 2014 | 1382 Views

Obediah Matulana releases Christmas DVD - Bulawayo-based musician Obed...

by Staff reporter | 16 October 2014 | 1571 Views

Grace Mugabe honoured in song - Dancehall outfit Final Warning has rel...

by Tawanda Marwizi | 15 October 2014 | 2037 Views

US firm makes money off Zimbabwe concept - United States transport sh...

by Staff reporter | 14 October 2014 | 2595 Views
iBlog

Top 10 Causes Of Vaginal Bleeding After Intercourse

bleeding after sex can be rather alarming, and there could be many reasons why a woman would bleed after sex. though most women bleed after their first time having sex, if bleeding becomes frequent, there may be an underlying issue. below are the 1... Read More
adoniadennis 02 May 2014 ago

Protect Your Greatest Small Business Asset: Time

if your work week is way more than 40 hours, your smartphone is glued to your hand, and your to-do list is multiple pages of overdue tasks—you know how valuable every minute of your time is.your smartphone and tablet make doing business from anyw... Read More
Sergey 05 September 2014 ago