World Teachers Day 2021: Minister vows to restore teachers’ dignity

The Minister, Hon. Dr. E. Ndlovu has vowed to restore the dignity of teachers promising the country’s educators that their welfare will take top priority during her term at the helm of the Ministry.

Speaking at an event to commemorate World Teachers Day in Harare organized by the Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI), Dr. Ndlovu called on the nation to salute teachers for their invaluable commitment, resilience and hard work to ensure an equitable quality education for all learners noting that in the old days the community respected teachers in such a way that children were inducted to respect teachers as well.

She recounted how during her childhood teachers who visited her own father’s homestead were treated like kings as they were given the best chairs to sit on.

“You know as I told you a teacher was a respectable person and I want to restore that dignity,” said Dr. Ndlovu adding that she had been assigned on her appointment by His Excellency President E.D. Mnangagwa to address the issue of teacher remuneration.

Turning to the World Teachers Day which is commemorated every 5th of October, the Minister said it was important to celebrate the day as it was “set aside to pay tribute to the gifted souls who work every day to make sure that the future is bright for all of us.”

The Minister said the 2021 theme “Teachers at the heart of education recovery,” resonated well with the sacrifices being made by teachers in keeping education going despite the raging Covid-19 pandemic.

She noted that the Covid-19 induced prolonged school closures had made the nation realise how important teachers are in improving the quality of learning in schools.

In response to teacher unions’ call for consultation, the Minister promised to continuously engage teachers and other stakeholders for the betterment of education in Zimbabwe.

“I have listened to the presentations and I have been observing key issues and I assure you that the first advice I was given by His Excellency was to engage our partners in education,” said the Dr. Ndlovu.

The event was attended by teachers, leaders of teacher unions, civic society organisations with a bias towards education and several other stakeholders.