Bet­ter salaries will at­tract the best teach­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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

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