Zimbabwe is struggling to fulfill the promise of right to education under the copious weight of corruption, lack of government funding, insufficient teaching material, political strong-hold of education, inadequate infrastructure, and most importantly having curricula in disarray.
As per reports, a local NGO has warned that the Zimbabwean education system is under a serious threat. A trade union for rural school teachers by the name of The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union (ARTUZ) claimed that lack of facilities and meager salaries are a massive threat for access to education in the country.
Even though Zimbabwe’s education system ranks well in the African region nonetheless, the flaws are rampant and difficult to ignore. The ones affected heavily by the system’s ineffectiveness are the teacher, who have an average monthly salary of a 1,200 Zimbabwean dollars ($70) monthly.
According to a Zimbabwean news website, ARTUZ emphasized that parents have a crucial role to play under existing circumstances to ensure students’ access to their constitutionally promised right to education.
The ARTUZ president, Obert Masaraure said in conversation with Anadolu Agency, “Zimbabwe has a shortage of over 2,000 schools. Our learners cannot be accommodated in conventional schools. Individuals are plugging this gap, but they don’t have enough resources to construct proper private schools”.
On the other hand, the Zimbabwean government that since the country’s independence in 1980, it has invested in over 5,750 primary schools and 2,300 secondary schools, as a result providing employment to more than 70,000 primary school teachers, 90% of whom have academic education.
Masaraure had also explained that teachers in Zimbabwe are “disillusioned by the conditions of service in government-run schools, they are resorting to coming up with their own learning centers for survival.”