The Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA), President Mr Richard Gundane, has expressed concern over the increase of private educational institutions in the country, saying they are promoting the commercializing of education.



Mr Gundane took a swipe at business people who are just venturing into education business to make money and bringing the education standards down.

“Commercialization of education is a strong driver of segregation and inequalities, there is need to stop the commercialization of the education sector which is seen by a new breed of entrepreneurs, (edu–prenuers) as conducive to profitable returns on investments, yet profit making in education is unacceptable”. He added that education was a public good which must be protected against marketization and commodification.

In his address to the delegates attending, ZIMTA’s 34th Annual National Conference in Harare and hosted by Masvingo Province, Gundane said private education was developing quickly particularly in urban areas, but the concern was that there was little supervision regarding the conditions of enrolment and the quality of education provided in these institutions.

He noted that, privatization and private sector participation in the education system was fast becoming a strong driver of segregation and inequality in the education system.

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora with  ZIMTA officials

“Our constitution through number 20 of 2013 provides for education as a human right in section 75. Inclusive education is a basic human right that should reach out to all learners, there is need for authorities to ensure that the learning environment remained academically effective, friendly and safe among other things”, he said.

The UNESCO general conference of 14 December 1960 adopted convention against discrimination in education which partly stated that education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

“We’re still facing schooling gaps between the poorest and the richest households hence the importance of universal compulsory and state funded basic education, in Zimbabwe” Gundane observed.

The ZIMTA 34th Annual conference was held in Harare during the month of August. It attracted at least 300 delegates made up of teachers from Zimbabwe and visitors from the Southern African Teachers Organization (SATO) and other business people in support of education. The minister of primary and secondary education Mr. Lazarus Dokora also officiated at the National Conference.





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