RTUZ bemoans poor pass rate

EDITOR — The Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ) bemoans the appalling ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level pass rates as shown by the June 2014 Zimsec results.

What is worrisome is that while some stakeholders have put mechanisms to try and arrest the situation, the levels of recalcitrance especially from the very people who should be the custodians of our education sector is alarming.

Scrapping of incentives, an unclear position on holiday lessons, poor teachers’ remuneration and stringent conditions on readmission of qualified teachers who left during the height of economic meltdown are some of the reasons why the pass rate is free-falling.

It is said desperate times require desperate solutions and as such why can’t our dear minister of Primary and Secondary Education allow parents to continue incentivising the poorly paid teachers as a way of motivating them since the government is failing to revise our salaries.

It is against this background that RTUZ is urging the minister and the government to have a review on the way they are handling the issue of the so-called “prodigal” teachers.

It is very unfortunate that the government takes so long to reintegrate these much needed teachers yet the situation is slowly getting out of hand.

While we acknowledge recent initiative to have teachers furthering their education through the skills development scheme, RTUZ would like to urge the government to give priority to the rural teachers who have been getting raw deals time and again.

Prioritisation of the rural teacher in such a noble scheme which would surely go a long way in improving the pass rate in rural schools and will also act as an incentive in attracting better qualified teaching personnel in rural areas.

RTUZ also advocates for the spirit of inclusivity by all relevant stakeholders in a bid to save our once vibrant education sector.

However, such an initiative can only come to fruition if the ministry of Primary and Secondary Education respects the views of other stakeholders, instead of unilaterally declaring policies without consultation and desist from reversing positive strides made by the former minister, David Coltart.

Unilateral passing of policies has disastrous effects and the fruits of such detrimental directives like the ones by honourable Lazarus Dokora are there for all to see.

RTUZ Information Department

    Comments (3)

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    GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 21 August 2014

    The issue of incentives benefitted teachers in urban areas, and boarding schools, whose SDCs could pay. It was quite different in rural and impoverished schools. So to attribute failure, especially in rural areas to the removal of incentives by Dokora is side-stepping the real cause of failure.

    Mahlaeya - 23 August 2014

    Rural schools akagara aine very very low pass rate.

    bb - 29 August 2014

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