Acting Mashonaland West Provincial education director Mr Gabriel Mhumha said the province has a shortage of 2 938 teachers.
The teacher-learner ratio in some schools was 1:70 or more in some cases. He said of the 2 938 teaching vacancies, 1 691 were for ECD classes, while 750 were needed for Grade 1 to 7 classes and 497 for secondary schools. Said Mhumha:
The total number of primary school teachers in the province is 9 336, while for secondary it is 3 608. We have 2 609 ECD teachers only in the province.
Mashonaland West Province has 16 843 teachers against a population of 509 733 learners. Government recommends a learner-teacher ratio of 1:20 for ECD classes and 1:40 for Grade 3 to 7 classes. At secondary level, a teacher is expected to attend to between 25-30 learners.