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Teachers for Zimbabwe

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N Q D27 D A T E 1 1 November 1980


Australia is to help Zimbabwe in its efforts to provide expanded secondary education opportunities for its people.

The country, which is giving high priority to its education program, faces a shortage of trained teachers. It has decided to launch a teacher recruiting campaign in a number of countries with similar education systems, such as Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

Australia, in response to a request from the Zimbabwe Government, will contribute towards the cost of engaging school­ teachers recruited in Australia.

As part of Australia's ongoing program of assistance to independent Zimbabwe, the Government has agreed to supplement the cost of recruiting Australian teachers for the two-year period to end of the 1982 school year. Under the terms of an agreement now being negotiated, the Zimbabwe Government will pay

Zimbabwean salaries while a supplement to bring those salaries up to Australian levels will be paid by the Australian Government. Australia will also meet other costs such as transport and storage

costs. The contracts of employment will be between Australian teachers and the Zimbabwe Government.

The Zimbabwe Government is particularly anxious to recruit science and mathematics teachers but there is a need for teachers of many other subjects. There is also a requirement for teacher trainers.

An advertising campaign is likely to be launched shortly for the 1981 school year which begins in Zimbabwe in late January. ' .

Classes in secondary schools will be mixed with varying proportions of black and white students. The Zimbabwe authorities stress that teachers wishing to work in Zimbabwe will need to be committed to working in a multi-racial situation

and to support the development of a multi-racial society.