The teacher pupil ratio in both primary and secondary schools emerged as a major cause for concern during the belated World Teachers Day commemorations held in Mashonaland Central Province.

The teacher to pupil ratio refers to the number of students one teacher has to handle in a class.

In rural areas the ratio is too heavy to the extent that a single teacher teaches 50 pupils in one class alone a situation that compromises quality.

The Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) president Mr Richard Gundane recommended a teacher pupil ratio of 1:35, which will enable the teachers to fully understand challenges faced by each student.

He was speaking during the belated World Teachers’ Day commemorations at Makuwatsine Primary School in Mbire, Mashonaland Central Province.

The Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZ) representative Mr Maxwell Rafomoyo echoed the same sentiments adding that teachers need to be motivated.

The World Teachers’ Day is commemorated annually on the 5th of October but this year’s celebrations were postponed due to cholera.

The celebrations were held under the theme, “The Right to Education Means the Right to Qualified Teachers”.