Unqualified teachers risk losing jobs

Cde Lazarus Dokora

Sunday Mail Reporter
Government has urged degreed teachers who do not have qualifications from recognised teachers’ colleges to further their studies and attain the Graduate Certificate in Education.Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora disclosed that Government is worried by the growing number of teachers who possess degrees but do not have certificates in education.

He warned that the degreed but unqualified teachers risk losing their jobs as Government moves to implement measures aimed at improving the education sector.

“There are several teachers who have gone to the classroom straight from the universities without passing through teachers’ colleges and as Government we are worried with this trend.

“We believe this trend is compromising our education system and we will be coming down on teachers who are practising without the CE,” said Cde Dokora.

Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) chief executive officer Mr Sifiso Ndlovu welcomed Government’s stance on unqualified teachers.

Mr Ndlovu, however, warned that there is need to ensure that adequate measures are put in place to cover the gap that will be created by the departure of the untrained teachers.

“What are we saying to the nation about how seriously we take our education when we deploy untrained teachers?
“We need to accelerate the production of qualified teachers because this worrying situation should not be allowed to persist,” said Mr Ndlovu.

Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary-general Mr Raymond Majongwe noted that untrained teachers are compromising the education sector.

He accused some education officers of corruptly employing their untrained relatives and friends as teachers.

“We should be able to categorise these teachers; there are untrained teachers who have the ability to teach though they never passed through a teacher’s college and these need to be retained.

“However, we have others who are in those positions because they are relatives of district education officers and these are not adding value at all,” he said.

Meanwhile, as part of measures aimed at improving the education sector, Cde Dokora disclosed that plans are underway to ensure that every district has a dedicated education planner.

“We are planning to train a minimum of 90 education planners so that every district will have a separate planner who is in charge of it.

“We believe this will help in addressing some of the challenges we are facing,” he said.

Government, in partnership with private players and donors, intends to construct 2 056 new schools across the country as well as rehabilitate satellite schools mostly located in areas where beneficiaries of the land reform programme are stationed.


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  • joemuda

    Given a choice i prefer my child to be taught by a degreed teacher without an education certificate to a teacher with an education certificate but without a degree. Teacher’s training certificate would be more valuable to primary school teachers because the teacher needs to know how to handle kids otherwise from secondary school upwards the biggest consideration should be the teacher’s knowledge of the stuff he is teaching. Ask any student doing ‘A’ level physics, all he wants is a teacher who knows his stuff. he can appreciate the difference between a degreed teacher with deep knowledge of physics compared to one with a diploma in education from a teachers college. Problem with most of our leaders in the ministry of education is that they have limited understanding of technical and science subjects. Vese ndeveHistory. People who are good in sciences usually find things like education and history boring. Munhu anoita physics haafarire zvengano dzeku education. To solve this problem just take these so called degreed but untrained teachers for seminars on education otherwise you rarely find a good teacher of sciences like physics, biology chemistry etc who is keen on getting a certificate in education because the subjects are found in different worlds.

    • tarumahachigombami

      @joemuda. I take note of your point that teachers who have knowledge of their stuff are bored by history and blah blah. however there is need for you to realise that there is a difference between knowing your staff and getting it to be understood by someone else.This is why the minister wants those technocrats to have training in education. most of our students are average students who require a lot of care in sofar as teaching or getting information across to them is concerned.So a technocrat who knows his staff may be very useful in industry and less useful in education. The ultimate goal of education is to train a person to acquire knowledge and skills and that needs educators not technocrats who know everything but cannot get it to another person.the reason why the government adopted the Cuba science teachers training programme was to train qualified science teachers who can teach science to children with different abilities. In most countries, it is imperative to have a qualification in education before teaching. this is probably why in Zimbabwe we mistify science and take it to very difficult whilst it is simply because we lack qualified manpower.I tell those teachers who do a Diploma in Science education and proceed to do a Bed in science are the most sought teachers in the region than someone with a Bsc only. so i support the minister and he must give top priority to Bsc or B comm or Ba teachers with Grd ce or any other educational qualification.Compare that policy with any country particularly developed countries. You must also take into consideration that most of these books that we use in secondary schools were written by high schol teachers with a lot of experience because they understand how knowledge is transmitted.

      • anon

        Nothing that I did in Grad CE years after graduating really taught me much about the pedagogic approach. However, what I learnt from my degree programme in terms of subject content meant I wasn’t shallow and it took little time to make it understandable for students. Maybe the issue is that we taech to the book but what if a student asks what is beyond the scope of that book? As for other countries, especially developed countries, they are no longer still restricted by curriculum and from experience, a students who goes beyond the text will perform better than that one who is only taught to reproduce the text.

        Better to have someone who knows much than someone who just gets by. That is what staff development and peer support is all for in schools.

  • Mimi

    With all due respect I submit that Minister Dokora is becoming a nuisance and trying to be relevant. His measures are counter productive.

  • Mavhu Mavhu

    Comrade Minister Dokora. Did you employ them out of your kindness to them or you were forced by shorhages? If it were shortages, do you now have enough qualified teachers? Or are they in those positions out corrupt connections to some education officials?

  • graduate

    let him try it.makwikwi