Coltart defends heads


HARARE – As the chaos in Zimbabwe’s world-acclaimed education system continues, Education minister David Coltart took time to comment on the Daily News story about the disruptions of examinations at St Peter’s Kubatana High School.

We publish here in full his comment and that of one of our readers.

“As the saying goes “one swallow does not a summer make” and one headmaster out of 8 500 headmasters losing examination papers is not an indication that Zimsec, or the education system for that matter, is in chaos.

“Likewise this incident reported in this piece has happened in one school — there is no evidence that this is a widespread practice across Zimbabwe.

“No one doubts that the education system is still in crisis but a serious newspaper must give credit where it is due — and the education sector is not “lurching from one crisis to another,” the minister said.

“In fact the objective truth is that the education sector has stabilised dramatically in the last three years and is gradually improving. It is not perfect, far from it, but your report is a gross misrepresentation of the truth and not becoming of your newspaper,” added Coltart.

A reader in London also posted: “This country is pathetic. Seriously do you think any Zimsec results are credible anymore? Please let us stop bragging that Zim has the highest literacy rate. That is history. Let us start from scratch in rebuilding our education system, and the country as a whole.”

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