The 2013/14 EFA Global Monitoring Report and National EFA 2015 Review Report Launched in Mashonaland East Province Print

The Ministry of Primaryand Secondary Education has admitted that some of the unsatisfactory conditions under which teachers live and work have to be improved in order to make progress in providing quality teaching and learning.


Created: 03 November 2014


 In its report, the National Education for All (EFA) Review of  Zimbabwe, Progress Towards EFA 2015, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Educationin conjunction with the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO), highlightedthat,“salariesof teachers have been below the poverty datum line. At their worst before dollarization in 2009, the unattractive  salaries have been a source of low morale, demotivation, absenteeism, low status, agitation and a reason behind trained teachers abandoning teaching,”


“Also a pin prick in the sides of teachers has been the unsatisfactory  conditions under which they live and work. All these need to be improved in order to make progress on providing quality learning and teaching,” the report indicated, under EFA goal 6, on quality of education.
The National  EFA Review of Zimbabwe, Progress towards EFA 2015 Review report was availed  on 24 September 2014, at Marondera High school at the same time with the Global Monitoring Report for Education for All, by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Lazarus Dokora.
The reports were launched under the theme, “Teaching and Learning, Achieving Quality for All”.
Reports launch
The launched reports gave valuable highlights on the main challenges in 2000 and the targets for 2015.
The National EFA 2015 Review Report, also went on to give updates on progress made on all the EFA goals that included among others, children’s access to and complete free and compulsory primary education of good quality, priorities and prospects for 2015 and   an update on quality education, with reference to infrastructure, textbooks, remuneration of teachers, class sizes and curriculum relevance.
While presenting the 2013/14 EFA Global Monitoring report, Dokora said, the report presented new evidence to show that learning that was equitable and  offered equal chances to all, was essential if young people were to acquire the skills needed to secure jobs in a changing world.
He said, the report showed evidence that learning outcomes could not be improved without investing in teacher quality and that it emphasized three important factors that governments needed to improve on quality education, which were recruitment of more teachers to  ensure that class sizes were manageable, effective training of teachers that allowed them to teach effectively and paying attention to emerging issues that required attention in the classroom to ensure children’s learning would lead to desirable outcomes.
The  event was attended by ZIMTA officials, civic society representatives,education officials and other invited guests.
More details from the Reports in the next issue.