Regrettably and extremely concerning, the status of teachers which once was highly regarded has gradually plummeted to undesired levels. The theme: Teachers at the heart of the education recovery , would not have come at a more opportune time. The determination, resilience, tolerance and endurance by teachers in the face of many daunting challenges cannot be ignored at this time. In order to appropriate teacher’s welfare and conditions of service ECOZI, calls upon the relevant government sectors to engage in genuine policy and social dialogue with the teachers and their Teachers Unions with a view to arrive at lasting solutions. Teacher efficacy is the single most important determinant of a child’s learning success. If SDG 4 is to become a reality, attention needs to be anchored on investing in the teacher education process and on developing a quality teaching workforce. Strong education systems are driven in collaboration with strong Teachers Unions. It is common knowledge that what affects the teachers directly affects the learners too. When learners look at their teachers and realize how pathetic they look, they obviously do not see the value of education
We welcome the new Minister in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) Hon. Evelyn Ndlovu and applaud the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe His Excellency Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa for the fitting and timely appointment. We hope that the new minister will be ready to quickly institute and engage the teacher membership with a view to address their persistent plight.
We continue to call for the various Education stakeholders in Zimbabwe, including the government, the Private sector, the international community, religious entities, CSOs, NGOs, philanthropists, and individuals to commit to pooling resources together for education in Zimbabwe. It is our collective duty to ensure that the education sector in Zimbabwe thrives and produces a skilled citizenry that is critical for the sustainable development of our country.