Harare, March 22, 2014 -The Zimbabwe government says there is an urgent need to address the serious shortage of science and information communication technology (ICT) teachers in all the country’s 10 provinces.
Speaking during a media briefing in Harare, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora said there is a deficit of 1 521 science teachers across the country.
He said the situation is severe in the Midlands province where the vacancy percentage is more than 55 percent.
Dokora said his ministry is in the process of deploying science kits to schools as a stop gap measure, adding that other modalities are being explored to mitigate the challenges that affect learning and expedite the mainstreaming of ICTs.
The uptake of sciences and computers in schools has been on the low, particularly among the girl child and efforts are being made to encourage students to take up the subjects and curb the belief that sciences are a preserve of male students and only the intellectually gifted.