Shortage of trained teachers worrying
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