Former Education Minister, David Coltart said that the state of Zimbabwe’s education system is distressing.
In an interview with The Standard reporter, Blessed Mhlanga, Coltart expressed pessimism over the sector’s ability to rebound under the current administration. He said:
I am very distressed about the state of education. I think it’s in decline. We see the amount of anger among the teachers.
Teachers are the most important asset. If you don’t have teachers who are enthusiastic and committed, then you have serious problems in any education system.
We have a huge task to stabilise the education sector and I don’t have confidence in this government because I think they have their budgetary priorities all
It needs a fundamental shift and change right at the core of government when it comes to the allocation of the budget.
You have to decide as a nation if education is going to be your number one priority.
It must be not just the theoretical budget, but the actual disbursement of monies.
To make that effective investment in education, you have to move resources from other areas, there is no way around it.
So I don’t see that happening with the present government.
I don’t see any change while they remain in power and for as long as that continues, I am afraid our education system is going to continue going down.
More: The Standard
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David Coltart is a Zimbabwean lawyer and politician. He is the current Treasurer General for the Movement for Democratic Change. Coltart is the former Zimbabwean Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, a position he held in Zimbabwe's Government of National Unity between from 2009... Read More About David Coltart