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Mutare Teachers College in trouble

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One of the country major secondary school teacher training institutions, Mutare Teachers College, has been hit by a severe shortage of Science and Mathematics lecturers, resulting in tutorials in subjects such as Physical Science, Chemistry and Biology being shelved.

The principal of the college, Mr Jason Muwandi, said although his institution had advertised for the posts over the past three years, no takers had come forward. He complained that this was greatly inhibiting the college’s functions as it was limited to a few courses.

The revelations emerged at last week’s symposium on brain drain, which was organised by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, the International Organisation for Migration and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

Speaking at the symposium, Mr Muwandi called on Government to quickly intervene, saying the situation had adversely affected schools in and around Manicaland. He said some of the schools have abandoned the subjects owing to the dire shortage of the teachers.

“A number of students in secondary schools are having their dreams shattered because of the shortage of teachers. The shortage of lecturers to train the teachers has caused the situation and this has seen students with the passion for sciences being hard done,” said Mr Muwandi.

“We have no science lecturers despite the adverts that we have been flighting for the past three years. Of the 15 vacancies that we advertised, 200 responses were for Religious Education.”

Mutare Teachers’ College is one of the three secondary teacher training institutions in the country. Others include Belvedere Technical Teachers’ College and Hillside Teachers’ College in Bulawayo.

The Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education, Dr Washington Mbizvo, acknowledged that securing the services of Mathematics and Science teachers was a problem. He indicated that authorities were working to rectify the situation.

“I remember when we travelled to Gwanda that for about 16 schools there was only one Mathematics teacher,” he said.

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