The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education says efforts are being made to address the critical shortage of science, mathematics and indigenous languages teachers through its capacity building programme.

This came out during consultations on the establishment of the Teaching Professions Council held in Gwanda.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango unpacked the role of the Teaching Professions Council to educators who attended the meeting saying it will among other things improve the standards of teaching and learning in the country ‘s schools.

She further revealed that various efforts are being done to ensure that the critical shortage of qualified teachers in mathematics, science and indigenous languages is addressed through the teacher capacity building programme.

The response by educators on the establishment of the Teaching Professional Council has been well received in various provinces as it will restore the dignity of the profession says Zimbabwe Teachers Association chief executive officer Mr Sifiso Ndlovu.

Despite the presence of many teacher union bodies, challenges in the teaching profession have continued with little redress and the establishment of the council is hoped to create one voice that can expedite possible solutions.