'No trained teachers for minority languages'

HARARE - Lazarus Dokora, the minister of Primary and Secondary Education says there are no trained teachers for minority languages, a development which has forced government to rely on temporary teachers.

Responding to a question raised in Parliament on Wednesday by Kariba legislator Isaac Mackenzie (Zanu PF) on government’s strategy on the recruitment of temporary teachers, Dokora said government will rely heavily on temporary teachers in the foreseeable future.

“I thank the honourable member for raising the question and correctly identifying the line ministry that has the mandate in Government to employ all civil servants including those that are yet to be trained.

“However, I am aware as a user ministry that there are areas where we have challenges to do with languages relating to the 16 that have been officially recognised in the new constitution,” Dokora said.

He added: “I think it is an open secret that we do not have the quantum of trained personnel to manage classes in those languages. Therefore, temporary teachers will be a feature for the foreseeable future.

“However, temporary teachers must present minimum qualifications that satisfy the employer requirements, which is the five subjects at ‘O’ Level and other requisites that may be needed.”

The current constitution recognises 16 official languages, some which were previously not mainstreamed in the education sector.

In the past, there has been an outcry that the so-called “minority” languages were playing second fiddle to English, Ndebele and Shona languages, which were Zimbabwe’s official languages before the inauguration of the new constitution.

Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Setswana, Venda and Xhosa are now recognised as official languages in Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, Tongai Muzenda, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare deputy minister told legislators that government had lifted the ban on recruitment of social workers.

“I am delighted to announce to this House that the authority to recruit has been granted by the Public Service Commission.

“My human resources department is now working out the modalities of filling up vacancies,” Muzenda said.

Comments (2)

Thats the problem when you run a country on the basis of tribalism and trying to propo up the zezuru language at the expense of others. If it were not for Zvobgo in the 80s who adamantly refused what Mugabe and his back-lickers were trying to propose as standard shona, we would all have been clolonised by the zezuru (imagine us makaranga tichitaura kuti jira kureva mucheka). Munozviitisa mazezuru imi. Mugabe and his govt must provide equal learning opportnities for ll tribes and their languages. Stop trying to dominate other pple.

Pringo - 28 March 2014

@ Pringo you hit it on the heard. Mugabe et al are very keen on genocide by replacement. It unfortunate that many are duped under the banner of "shona" to embrace this Zezuru domination.

Civilised Etiquette - 28 March 2014

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