Zimbabwe Has A deficit Of Over 25 000 Teachers

1 year agoThu, 09 Jun 2022 09:00:02 GMT
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Zimbabwe Has A deficit Of Over 25 000 Teachers

Zimbabwe still has a long way to go to clear a deficit of over 25 000 teachers as only 3 904 teachers have been recruited so far this year.

The deficit may balloon as teachers are quitting the profession citing poor remuneration.

In a Ministerial Statement presented to legislators in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Primary and Secondary Education Minister, Evelyn Ndlovu said:

The Public Service Commission authorised 10 000 posts initially and reduced that number to 5 000 posts for the year 2022 with Treasury concurrence.

Of the 5 000 posts, 3 904 have been filled and the balance of 1 096 will be filled in September 2022. In addition to this, another 1 454 attrition posts have since been filled.

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At present, there are 10 100 schools in the country with an enrolment of more than 4.6 million pupils and an establishment of 136 000 teachers.

The teacher-pupil ratio for ECD is 1: 25 pupils, junior school, 1:40, lower to secondary 1:33, O level 1:30, and A’ level, 1:20.

However, an acute shortage of classrooms and teachers has meant that the recommended teacher-pupil remains a mirage.

The Government had announced that it would recruit 10 000 teachers in 2022 only to later revise the figure to 5 000.

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