Outrage over  deployment  of teachers 

Communities in Bulawayo and its hinterland have expressed dismay over the continued deployment of non-Ndebele speaking teachers in the region.

This came after the ministry of Education released names of teachers to be deployed to different parts of Zimbabwe.
Most of those deployed into the Matabeleland region have Shona surnames.

Neutrals believe that the problem should not be the deployment of teachers from other regions into Matabeleland, but that it can only become an issue if they fail to speak the local language and to communicate meaningfully with the students.
But the militant Mthwakazi Republic Party insisted this week that Matabeleland jobs belong to people from the region and anything less than that will not be acceptable.
Contacted for comment on the issue, Primary and Secondary Education permanent secretary Tumisang Thabela said their job is not to select teachers but they receive names from the Public Service Commission (PSC), which deals with the recruitment of government employees.
Efforts to get comment from the PSC were fruitless.
Communities in Matabeleland fear that the deployment of non-Ndebele speaking teachers in the region will distort their language and erode their culture.
“We cannot appreciate the deployment of teachers who cannot even communicate in local languages at the expense of equally qualified locals, right now my Grade 3 daughter speaks proper Shona yet she is clueless when it comes to Ndebele words, which is really not fair,” said one parent who declined to be named.
Some activists are accusing government of intentionally trying to erode the Ndebele culture and working against devolution.
“The deployment of non-local languages speaking teachers in Matabeleland in large numbers by the government is not new and is also not a coincidence. It is a deliberate attempt to destroy Matabeleland identity, language and culture from the grassroots,” said Presia Ngulube, a Mthwakazi activist.
Some activists are therefore encouraging concerned citizens to raise their grievances through a petition.
Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said the concerns being raised are valid considering the recorded zero percent pass rate in Matabeleland.
Majongwe called for the establishment of a board to oversee appointments as is done in other countries.
“This mammoth responsibility cannot be left to five people sitting in an office at PSC, and to avoid such things government should involve stakeholders such that those with qualifications are selected properly,” Majongwe said.
“The coincidence that there are 90 percent Shona names raises eyebrows even when we know there are several who are born there. What of the Nambya, Tonga, Venda, Kalanga and Sotho names? Some who were there on the first list?”
They are some who feel that the problem is not the deployment of Shona teachers to Matabeleland, but it becomes an issue if the teachers fail to speak the local language and to communicate meaningfully with the students.
“The point whether one is Tonga, Kalanga, Ndebele or Shona doesn’t matter, anyone can teach in Zimbabwe because what matters is that person’s teaching skills, ability to adapt and above all have a good command of English as a teaching language,” said one Bulawayo resident.
“The only problem will then emanate when that same teacher is supposed to teach an infant and there is language barrier, infants communicate and understand concepts better in their own mother language.”

    Comments (12)

    majongwe dofo rakadzidza chikonzero nei kune zero pass rate haisi kuti teacher haasi ndebele speaking mashonaland east yakapihwa tooo much resources of matebeland region as a whole

    g40 - 11 March 2019

    Stop this nonsense of tribalism maNdebeles. Zimbabwe is not for a few donkeys from your tribe. Hence the Robbers and Muggers killed you during the Gukurahundi era. Your mind of full of feaces hence you need a skambok. Damn assholes indeed.

    Clemence Tashaya - 11 March 2019

    There must be a region readiness test eyamathisha asuka kwamanye ama region esiyafundisa kwamanye...common sense. Ibizo kalisho lutho...even 30yrs ago wauthola u Ms Zongororo efundisa eMzilikazi primary sch i grade one ekhuluma isindebele esiluhlaza. Yena wazalelwa kobulawayo , northend , Hillcrest , etc.

    Ibhetshu lemfundo - 11 March 2019

    Umuntu ovela e masvingo uyakhwanisa ukungena e hillside teacher's college , its a fact. Nxa engafundisa e Milton primary sch ma ethole indawo akuright ukumuvimba. AbazalI abangafuni I culture eshiyane leyabo religion etc bamele bevule ama private schools , akula muntu oya yala. Ezika kulumende ziyahlupa , mara kangikholwa ukuthi kule discrimination ngoba isindebele siyafundiswa e gweru emakhaya , beitbridge , binga etc.

    Ibhetshu lemfundo - 11 March 2019

    My humble opinion is that any teacher must be chosen on merit most importantly ability to communicate in ENGLISH. At ECD children should be exposed to more ENGLISH than any of those vernacular languages this world is now about the English language a the American dollar. The sooner your child can grasp the English concepts the better her chances to make it in life. Most of the successful business people, leaders and even those who made it in the diaspora are those who came through the old Group A schools where all communication was in English. Politicians are very much aware of this fact that is why they send their kids abroad. By the way the group B and C schools became so simply because they were affected by the bushwar - warvets destroyed those schools - and were never rebuilt after independence. If it was by me all schools should be teaching English and other foreign languages then local languages will be taught at specific social groupings.

    Sinyo - 12 March 2019

    while i have no problems with shona speaking people as we are all one but the rhetorci used by Tashaya above shows why and how tribalism will never unite zimbabweans. Imagine if we ndebeles in South Africa hear such hate language how are we going to accomodate our shona bros and sistes from zimbabwe. Are we supposed to chase them away or actually do worse coz what this guy says is just a declaration of war on ndebele people when anyone is allowed to voice his own dissatisfaction. To the shonas who contributed above in ndebele it shows we can all become bros in a new zimbabwe if we can overcome hurdles economically and culturally and unite instead of fighting each other like what the likes of Tashaya are after. We are in this mess now coz of the likes of him. Also please the truth is the public service commision is up to no good as it not only teachers who are deployed but clerical and even general hands are deployed from mashonaland at the expense of the locals. Lets build a true democracy in zim like the one in SA where people embrace each other and can relate in all its languages hence its called the rainbow nation. We have been used by politicians like Tashaya and co for too long and this must surely stop.

    mohammed - 12 March 2019

    All those writing in Ndebele shows their tribalism stupidity hence they are daft and dull faggots.

    Clemence Tashaya - 12 March 2019

    Tribalism is never good, in Rwanda its a crime to refer to anyone as Hutu or Tutsi. First we need to get rid of all those tribal regions. A good name like midlands is progressive. Secondly its not right for a non Ndebele speaking teacher to teach infants. Tashaya your comments are out of order, Comment yako ino putsa musha.

    dd - 13 March 2019

    The public service commission must be investigated for the deployment o all staff irregardless of teachers. We know its very difficult if not impossible for say a teacher from Bulawayo to be deployed to teach in harare or a clerical person to be employed there. This marginilisation does not corcern ndebeles alone but other ethnic groups the nambya, chewa, kalanga, sotho, venda, tonga etc. Its like this country belongs to one tribe. Its a deplorable and sad situation. Had we voted for leadership instead for tribe in 1980 we would not be in this mess.Its time we did some irtroispection on a wild scale.

    Charumbira - 14 March 2019

    People think that the zezuru dominate the economic landscape and they are all over , which is not true. A larger number , 90% of folks in the Mashlands I know , have not been to kubhuruwayo. They are happy in their crammed greater Harare areas. The problem is rural to urban migration , putting pressure on services.

    Mimosa flower farm - 15 March 2019

    Kulamathuba awokufundisa infundo esponswa ngama bhizinesi kobulawayo...kufuna umuntu ololwazi lwakhona , which means further training nxa ushothile , the majority...babhadala ngcono , us$1000+/mo . Kube amathuba awekuya emazweni , 5 countries , okwemnyaka emibili . Abantu abazalelwa ko Bulawayo bayazi indlela zonke , who to contact etc.

    Ibetshu lika Mzilikazi - 15 March 2019

    Tshaya comment out of order because know someone from Mat who went to work in Harare and was castigated by someone told the person from Mat that they were taking their jobs from locals how sic this issue is it still ongoing. The people from Mat are looking to do a good days work but has most people know most companies have shut down in Bulawayo and there are no jobs in the region any whose fault is it

    Be Honest and not be not be hateful - 15 March 2019

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