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need for radical changes in the education sector
February 22, 2013
The SST notes
with deep concern that the Zimsec November O' Level results
released recently indicated that the pass rate had dropped from
19.5 to 18.4%.
School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) has announced that 172 698 pupils
sat for the November/December Ordinary Level examinations and only
31 767 pupils got passes in five subjects or more. In the wake of
these pathetic results there have been a lot of finger pointing,
blame shifting and insufficient explanations as to why we ended
up with such a pass rate. The Minister of Education, Sport, Arts
and Culture, Sen. David Coltart acknowledged that the drop in the
pass rate is a clear indication that much still needs to be done
in the education sector but however attributed the poor results
to the crisis that beset the education sector before the formation
of the GNU.
Some experts have suggested the setting up of a commission of enquiry
to investigate the problems affecting the education sector.
Since 2006 the
Student Solidarity Trust has been compiling annual reports titled
"Inside the Pandora's Box; State of the Education Sector
Report in Zimbabwe," to highlight the challenges being faced
in the education sector. The publication has been used as a lobbying
and advocacy tool to various stakeholders with the Parliamentary
Portfolio Committee on Education as a key stakeholder.
The SST maintains
that before we can entertain suggestions of coming up with another
commission of enquiry let us implement fully recommendations suggested
by the Nziramasanga Commission (1999) on education, as well as recommendations
coming from researches that have been done in the sector before.
Let us strive to be efficient in implementing such recommendations
rather than showing commitment and consistency in finding out the
problems through commissions of enquiry and research. This is the
time for all who are progressive in the education sector to bring
their heads together and avoid burying the heads in sand in typical
ostrich problem solving mentality, to attend to our education empire
which is burning.
Ordinary Level results show that the Zimbabwe education sector is
engulfed in an inferno and only radical changes within the sector
will help put out the fire. And of course this problem can never
be solved by using the same level of thinking that created it.
Last but not
least the SST wishes to remind the Minister of Education, Sport,
Arts and Culture that soon it will be November again and more than
172 698 pupils will be sitting for the examinations and the results
will be testimony of what your ministry would have done to attend
to the challenges crippling the education sector. The nation will
not continue to tolerate further drops in the pass rate.
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