By Musawenkosi Sibanda and Yemurai Kanhukamwe
Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world to commemorate world teachers day on Tuesday , with educators appreciated for the efforts they are making to ensure learners continue with their day to day studies at a critical time when the battle against Covid 19 continues.
Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Communication and Advocacy Officer , Mr Taungana Ndoro , said the ministry was proud of the teachers because of their determination to boost the education system.
“We are proud of the teachers they are a noble caliber of teachers who are pushing vision 2030 as promulgated by H.E President Emmerson Mnangagwa . Their commitment will realise attainment of the vision.”
Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president , Dr Takavafira Zhou , said the commemorations mark progress and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges in the teaching profession.
” World teacher’s day has become the occasion to mark progress and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges in the teaching profession. This year the commemorations are running under the theme , “Teachers at the heart of education recovery” ,
Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe Matabeleland Coordinator , Mr Bekithemba Moyo , said although the teachers were incapacitated and getting very low salaries teachers have managed to work tirelessly.
“Teachers in Zimbabwe are incapacitated . The salary is way below the poverty datum level , we note some demands of basic welfare especially if we look at housing for teachers in rural areas . These conditions expose teachers to various infections”.
Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) Chief Executive Officer , Dr Sifiso Ndlovu, added that the teachers were doing a very great job although they lost a lot some staff due to Covid 19 .
Meanwhile parents also took the opportunity to express their gratitude .
Calvin Dube applauded teachers who have been relentlessly trying to uphold the new curriculum.
“Teachers are always trying to keep the children in the system not to become redundant or relaxed due the Covid restrictions since children were learning from home. Teachers have really lived to their reputation as good educators. Overall we are happy as parents since children are getting educated each day”.
Another parent Sanelisiwe Ncube said teachers deserve a pat on the shoulder.
” l want to appreciate them for taking their time to educate our children at a time like this . We spent a great length of time with our children in homes and most of us could not cope but they always seem to do a better job than us.”
The commemorations were running under the theme , “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”.