ZOU help­ing al­le­vi­ate teacher short­age

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDI­TOR — This let­ter serves as a re­sponse to Taisirevei Ma­hoza’s let­ter of Au­gust 15, 2016, where he lamented the short­age of trained teach­ers in Hwange and Binga dis­tricts.

He at­trib­uted this to a lack of teacher train­ing col­leges in the two dis­tricts. In fact it is not only the two dis­tricts that did not have teacher train­ing in­sti­tu­tions for quite some time but the whole prov­ince of Mata­bele­land North.

As right­fully put the prov­ince de­pends on other prov­inces for the train­ing of its per­son­nel thereby de­priv­ing or bring­ing stiff com­pe­ti­tion on job op­por­tu­ni­ties upon its peo­ple.

The writer men­tioned some prop­er­ties that were ly­ing idle and could be turned into teacher train­ing in­sti­tu­tions and these are former Ka­ma­tivi Tin Mine and former Thomas Coul­ter Sec­ondary School.

I want to bring to the at­ten­tion of read­ers that although not much was hap­pen­ing to re­vive the old tin mine at Ka­ma­tivi, al­beit nu­mer­ous prom­ises, Thomas Coul­ter An­nex com­plex in Hwange has been taken up by the Zim­babwe Open Univer­sity (ZOU) where a num­ber of pro­grammes, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, are be­ing of­fered.

The Univer­sity of­fers a Diploma in Ed­u­ca­tion (pri­mary), post grad­u­ate diploma (PGDE) and a num­ber of de­gree pro­grammes in Ed­u­ca­tion all of which are at the dis­posal of peo­ple of Hwange and Binga to take.

There are also other pro­grammes be­sides ed­u­ca­tion that are of­fered by the univer­sity. At this point in time one would not be com­plain­ing of fail­ing to get a place to train, es­pe­cially, as a pri­mary school teacher with the avail­abil­ity of the ZOU diploma.

Places at ZOU are never full. Cur­rently there are peo­ple who were em­ployed as teach­ers but on fixed con­tract be­cause they have non-teach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions and it is on record that the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion is threat­en­ing not to re­new their con­tracts if they do not train.

These peo­ple should be do­ing the post grad­u­ate diploma at ZOU to qualify as teach­ers be­fore they are laid off. ZOU has pro­vided so­lu­tions to al­le­vi­ate the short­age of teach­ers in Hwange and Binga Dis­tricts but peo­ple make and have their own choices.

Prob­a­bly the univer­sity was not do­ing enough on pub­lic­ity for peo­ple to know about its ex­is­tence in Mat North but it has been in ex­is­tence since 2014. Notanakabona, Binga

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