300 teachers leave Zimbabwe every month – say officials

300 teachers leave Zimbabwe every month – say officials

By Agencies

HARARE: Zimbabwe is losing around 300 teachers a month according to their largest union.

According to Sifiso Ndlovu, the director general of the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association, the exodus of teaching staff is due to salary scales.

On average, a teacher earns $350 per month, a salary well below those of their southern African neighbours.

Students find themselves deprived of competent teachers who leave their country in search of a better life and while the economy is strangled by high inflation.

This exodus does not only concern professors, more and more doctors are offering their services abroad.

In the United Kingdom, for example, between 2020 and last June, visas were issued to 20,252 Zimbabweans working in the health field.

The Zimbabwe Bankers’ Association, which represents the country’s 19 lenders, estimates that between 2% and 4% of the industry’s workforce emigrates each year.

In South Africa, data made public this week reveals that more than a million Zimbabweans reside legally in the territory compared to nearly 672,000 in 2011.

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