Better salaries will attract the best teachers
EDITOR — Government cannot ignore the law of supply and demand for rare and competent maths and science teachers. Unless the government, which I understand is currently cash strapped, can provide higher salaries, paid on fixed and regular dates, with commensurate attractive working conditions and benefits, the qualified teachers will opt for employment elsewhere.
Many people relish the opportunity to work in Zimbabwe. However, the current economic situation that the country finds itself in has meant that they have had to look for employment in other Sadc countries and beyond to earn the living they seek.
The noble profession of teaching has also suffered from those seeking the proverbial greener pastures. It is not to say that there are no Zimbabweans qualified to teach these subjects, they have just had to make a decision based on remuneration and benefits.
Looking at the situation I would say that the onus is thus on the government to fix the economy and create an environment under which economic activity can thrive. An economic turnaround will have a positive effect on other sectors including the education profession.
A respectable salary is a great motivator for educators. Zimbabwe has long been a leader in the provision of quality education in the Sadc region and beyond. This can only be maintained if we keep the best teachers here and train the best teachers too. Jacob Lwazi, Bulawayo