Extra lessons or extortion?
Marshall Nyaungwa THE education sector in our country has been impeccable and second to none in the whole of Africa. The people produced by the system of education in Zimbabwe are arguably the ones behind all the sound economies and organisations around the world. The dominance of Zimbabwe as an educational power house, however, has come under severe threat as seen by the recent pass rates of public examinations.
Since the attainment of independence 33 years ago the Government of Zimbabwe like any other progressive country has through the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture provided for three school terms a calendar year to allow for students to relax from the rigours of school life. Lately, however, there has been a phenomenon that has hit our country’s education — that of extra lessons or vacation school that seems not to care about the leisure of a student.
Students themselves feel like this is the reason for their appalling results yet teachers argue that students are lazy to put in extra work hence it is imperative to have vacation school or extra lessons, among many other issues. Form Four student Victoria Bernavee Hawadi said the recent poor results that the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council released is a result of students being overworked.
“I can tell you that we are working too much, during schools days and during the holidays. What’s the point of a holiday if we are going to school, it is too much stress hence people are failing in their finals,” said Victoria.
Kudzai Muchenjekwa, a teacher at local college, said that students are spoiled and lazy these days and they are not putting a lot of effort to uphold the standards of education in our country. “Students are too reluctant to put in extra work because their attention is all in social networks and entertainment they don’t value their school work, hence they are producing poor results it is important that students do not get this feel of relaxation but work hard,” said Muchenjekwa.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Herald