ZIMBABWE: Teachers colleges lower entry requirementsZimbabwe Standard. This comes amid reports that 14,000 teachers have left the profession since January due to poor remuneration and deteriorating conditions of service.
Teachers earn less than Zim$1,200 a month, which is just enough to buy five loaves of bread.
Educationists fear the lowering of entry qualifications at the colleges will compound the crisis in schools that are already grappling with falling standards on many fronts.
Primary school teacher training colleges normally require five 'O' level passes including in mathematics and English, but institutions are said to be willing to recruit students without the two subjects. Institutions are also forgoing the pre-selection interviews.
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