Short­age of trained teach­ers wor­ry­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

THE short­age of trained teach­ers in ar­eas around Hwange and Binga is cause for concern. This prob­lem has been with us since time im­memo­rial but au­thor­i­ties are do­ing noth­ing about it. I think it is high time we find ways to ad­dress this prob­lem.

The set­ting up of a teacher train­ing col­lege in Hwange or Binga will help solve this predica­ment in the long run. This will also aug­ment Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts in ful­fill­ing the set ob­jec­tives of so­cio-economic blue­print, Zim-As­set.

I have noted with dis­may that ap­pli­cants from Hwange and Binga seek­ing teacher train­ing va­can­cies have to con­tend with stiff com­pe­ti­tion at the only near­est col­lege, United Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion (UCE) which is more than 300km away.

UCE is host to Bu­l­awayo met­ro­pol­i­tan prov­ince, of which it has enough on its plate hence those from out­side will al­ways find it hard to se­cure the train­ing places.

The change of the ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum where Nam­bya and Tonga are now be­ing taught at pri­mary school level can fully be im­ple­mented with trained teach­ers who con­sider th­ese lan­guages as their mother tongue. It is against this back­ground that I humbly call upon all stake­hold­ers to em­brace this ini­tia­tive for the good of our peo­ple. For a start, there are good fa­cil­i­ties ly­ing idle at Ka­ma­tivi that can be turned into a teacher train­ing col­lege.

We also have Don Bosco or Old Thomas Coul­ter cam­pus in Hwange. Ngatinya­mu­leni nyika yedu bak­way­ina/Tusumpule nyika yesu ben­zuma (lit­er­ally — let us de­velop our area my broth­ers). Taisirevei Ma­hoza, Hwange

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