Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
GOVERNMENT has directed schools to make provision for non-formal education to allow those who want to supplement their subjects to use their facilities. At present, most pupils who fail at Ordinary and Advanced levels have to go to private colleges to supplement. The colleges tend to charge far much more than formal schools, even if a pupil is just doing a couple of subjects.
The new directive, issued by Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora at a Zimbabwe Youth Council-organised exhibition in the Harare last week, means schools must enrol repeating pupils who want to register a few subjects for ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level exams.
Minister Dokora also said interested school leavers would be trained as teachers for the newly-introduced infant model for four and five-year-old children. He said this was part of efforts to implement aspects of the Nziramasanga Report on education that was commissioned 15 years ago.
“For you to go to private colleges where you are paying a lot of money, it might no longer be necessary because all our institutions should provide for that,” said Minister Dokora.