coltart.jpgGovernment has intensified efforts to monitor the standards of education countrywide, through the provision of vehicles which are expected to help district education directors perform their duties effectively.

Under the programme, government is procuring vehicles for use by educational directors who are expected to monitor schools in various districts of the country.

Government has been failing to provide adequate transport for such critical staff due to effects of the illegal sanctions.

Speaking at the commissioning of 59 vehicles purchased through funds from treasury, Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Senator David Coltart said his Ministry has been battling to deal with various complaints regarding the education system as the relevant authorities could not visit various parts of the country for investigation.

He said with the acquisition of the new fleet of vehicles, the monitoring mechanisms has been enhanced.

“We are happy as government that we have finally managed to provide transport for the monitoring of our schools.

“Our offices have been inundated with calls about the lawlessness in the education sector and we could not do anything” Mr. Coltart said.

Each province will get four vehicles each while Harare and Bulawayo have two each.

It is anticipated the vehicles will help the Ministry monitor and curb indiscipline which is reported to have crept into the education system.

 

lazarus dokora.jpgMeanwhile, the Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture says the country’s education system will not dance to the tune of some organisations which are seeking to make money by lobbying for the introduction of condoms in schools.

Deputy Minister, Cde Lazarus Dokora said the country’s education system will not be compromised by some organisations seeking to introduce condoms in schools.

Cde Dokora said such a move will not be accepted as it is against government policy, adding that one of his Ministry’s principal objectives is to promote good behaviour among school going youths as they have been entrusted with that responsibility by parents.

 

Recently the National Aids Council of Zimbabwe (NAC) had proposed to introduce condoms in schools, arguing that it will help prevent the spread of HIV in schools as there are some students who indulge in sexual activities.