Zinasu blames GNU for 'appalling 'O' Level results'

HARARE - Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) has squarely blamed the coalition government for the appalling Zimsec 2012 ‘O’ Level results.

There is consternation in Zimbabwe that nearly 82 percent of students have failed their basic school leavers’ exams.

Although Education minister David Coltart claims this is a marked improvement from 2009, when 86 percent flunked, Zinasu blamed under funding by the GNU for the poor results.

“The union blames this poor performance on under-funding of the education sector and the man- made economic and political crisis our country was and is still going through,” said Zechariah Mushawatu, Zinasu national spokesperson.

“Throughout last year, the union had meetings with parliament, wrote many letters to various newspapers, made press releases, spoke on talk shows of progressive radio stations and made other numerous efforts to put pressure on the GNU to increase funding of the education sector and refrain from its ignominious prodigality which took place in the form of costly foreign trips by government officials with monolithic delegations and the purchasing of expensive top-of-the-range vehicles for ministers and other government office holders.

“Apparently the union’s calls fell on deaf ears and the undesirable results are now there for all to

Mushawatu said it was shameful the same government which spends little on education is always shouting from the top of the mountain about the country’s high literacy rate and brilliant education system.

“These actions of the  government of Zimbabwe can be equated to a parent who fails to buy his children school essentials opting instead to globe trot and buy expensive vehicles but when the child somehow manages to produce good results they go around bragging about the child’s educational brilliance,” he said.

“At the rate things are going, the government is soon going to have nothing to brag about as Zimbabwe’s education system is fast turning into a pale shadow of its former self.”

Coltart has blamed the pathetic 2012’s Zimsec ‘O’ Level results on a lack of adequate textbooks caused by poor funding of education by the GNU, among other things. - Staff Writer

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