Image Via The Financial Gazette
March 11, 1957
|Education||University of Zimbabwe|
|Alma mater||University of Zimbabwe|
|Employer||Government of Zimbabwe|
|Organization||Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education|
|Political party||Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front|
Lazarus Dokora is the current Minister of Primary and Secondary education as well as Member of Parliament for Rushinga Constituency.
Lazarus Dokora was born on November 3, 1957.
Career as a Lecturer
Lazarus Dokora was a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe where he taught Introduction to Theories of Communication, Critique of Theories of Communication and Mass Communication, International Media Structures and Media Economics.
Career In Government
Dokora joined the Zimbabwe government when he was appointed Minister of Primary and Secondary Education in 2013. In his tenure as minister of education, he has courted a lot of controversy from a cross section of society.
Examination Fee Hikes
There was a public outrage when the minister announced that the government was considering introducing examination fees whereas in recent years the grade seven exams were offered to students free off charge. There were also proposals to increase examination fees for Ordinary levels were to be increased from 13 dollars to fifteen dollars. Although the minister reiterated that fee hikes were meant to curb examinations from leaking but most analysts argued that the government should be sensitive to the fact that most Zimbabweans were not employed.
The minister also torched a storm when he proposed that students should be given condoms by their parents as a way of protecting them from the dangers associated with unprotected sex. He maintained that he would not allow condoms to be openly distributed in schools but argued that since parents were responsible for teaching their children life skills, they could as well hand out condoms to their children.
Banning of Extra and Holiday Lessons
During the economic meltdown of 2008, the country witnessed an unprecedented prominence of extra and holiday lessons in schools. The practice was widely practiced in boarding as well as day schools but Dokora argued that the practice was illegal. The move provoked many parents and school administrators who argued that although teachers got extra money from the enterprise, the students were the main beneficiaries of the practice. Prominent people like Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri also insisted that extra lessons should not be banned as they helped the teaching of slow learning students. Dokora however put an end to the practice.
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- DOBs, The Bearded Man, Published: June 21, 2007, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
- Mr Lazarus Dokora, University of Zimbabwe, Published: No date given, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
- Silas Nkala Examination fees hike sparks anger, Southern Eye, Published: No date given, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
- Veranda Langa Untrained teachers to go back to school, Southern Eye, Published: No date given, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
- Dokora’s affinity for controversy now legendary, The Standard, Published: May 10, 2015, Retrieved: August 7, 2015.