PRIMARY and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora has urged teachers to upgrade themselves through the government’s teacher development programme that was unveiled for already practising educators.
Dokora said the programme was meant for teachers with diplomas and non-teaching degrees and it would improve the quality of education in the country.
The programme has been financed to the tune of $5 million has seen teachers in various schools drawn from the country’s 10 provinces being enrolled in various institutions of tertiary education and higher learning.
Institutions that have started enrolling students include Bindura University, National University of Science and Technology and Midlands State University, among others.
“As a ministry we have come up with this capacity building programme for our teachers countrywide,” he said.
“It is our wish to continue getting more funding for this programme, as it will go a long way in improving our members of staff in various schools.”
Dokora said it was important for all teachers to take advantage of this opportunity.
“Even those with first degrees which are non-teaching degrees, who are working with us, we encourage them to take up this opportunity to upgrade themselves in this field by embracing this programme.”
However, some teachers from Matabeleland North complained that despite applying for the programme, their applications were rejected and they did not get a response from the authorities.
The teachers, who preferred anonymity, said they were told of the programme, but were excluded when other teachers were called up for interviews and acceptance forms from universities.
“We were saddened by the criteria they employed because we don’t know how they selected those who were given places because all of us who sent in papers met the stipulated criteria,” one teacher said.