A UNESCO (2016) Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) argued that 40% of the global population does not access education in a language they understand. The policy paper asserted that being taught in a language other than one’s own can negatively impact children’s learning, especially for those living in poverty.
We are acutely aware of Zimbabwe’s elaborate political system of manipulation, intimidation and disempowerment. Zimbabwe’s independence has set free dictators but enslaved the people. It is a system that handsomely rewards conformists but shows little tolerance for independent thinkers.
The focus of Zimbabwean educational policies at independence in 1980 was, quite understandably, to address the pre-independence racial inequalities within the system and rid it of the racialised two-tier system that deliberately restricted academic education mainly to white students while controlling provision and consigning the majority of black students to the inferior practical subjects suchContinue reading “Matabeleland has to refocus on vocational education”
Political control is imperative for Matabeleland to be closer to decisions affecting locals. We need to solve the main Matabeleland problem of a general lack of good education. Our definition of a good education is that which equips children with the skills to deal with challenges of their generation, here we are talking of anContinue reading “In pursuit of a good education for Matabeleland”
Poverty is a multidimensional phenomenon extending beyond financial income to education among other socioeconomic and political factors. The earlier Matabeleland engages with the reality of our academic performance problem, the better. We need to acknowledge that we have a problem of academic attainment, involvement and motivation among young people in the region.
The state of Champongo Primary School in Lusulu area in Binga is distressing but surprising it is not. Matabeleland has known for years now of the deteriorating infrastructure and dwindling school attendances coupled with equally deteriorating academic performances. It is a scenario that we can no longer wish away.