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Title:Cost recovery and its implications for student teachers in government teacher education colleges in Zimbabwe
Author:Shizha, E.ISNI
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:teacher education
Teachers--Training of
Colleges of education
Educational costs
Abstract:In Zimbabwe the introduction in 1990 of cost recovery measures and cutbacks in government expenditure has resulted in socioeconomic hardship among the vulnerable groups in society. So far students in government teacher education colleges have been spared. The present study, conducted in 1996, investigated the likely effects and impact of cost recovery measures on these students if the government were to cease its aid. A sample of 100 respondents was randomly selected from student teachers at Belvedere Technical Teachers College, Morgan Zintec, and Seke Teachers College, three of the twelve government teachers colleges in Zimbabwe. Data were collected on students' socioeconomic background: place of residence, family size, type of high school attended, parental education, and parental occupations. The data indicated that most student teachers in government teacher education colleges are children of peasants and urban low-income earners, the disadvantaged groups who cannot afford to pay for their education. In light of this finding, it may be concluded that the introduction of cost recovery measures in teacher education would impact negatively on the poor, who generally use the teaching profession as a means for social mobility and as a way of regulating their social condition, especially poverty. Bibliogr., sum.