Acting Bulawayo provincial education director, Mrs Olicah Kaira said her province has a shortage of STEM teachers mainly for Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Biology for both Ordinary and Advanced levels.
She said although they have resorted to cluster teaching to alleviate the challenge, they are lobbying Government to recruit more science teachers for the province. Said Kaira:
We have a serious shortage of science teachers in the province. We are lobbying for the province to get science teachers. We really have a problem with our science teachers and some of our schools do not have enough science teachers,” she said.
What we are now doing is what is called cluster teaching which is taxing on the teacher. I will give an example of a teacher from maybe Sizane crossing over to Lobengula High school to assist there because there is no Physics teacher but we have students who must do Physics.
She said the province requires 24 teachers for subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Information, Communication Technology (ICT) for Advanced level and nine teachers for Ordinary level Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. Kaira said they no longer requires English, Ndebele or Geography teachers.