Firm Schools and Education Itself a Luxury for Some

by NYC Firm Schools on February 9, 2010

The high volume of excellent NYC Firm Schools and the many excellent educational choices offered in the city often creates the illusion among families that education is always available if you just work hard enough to find it. The truth is, however, that there are many places around the world where the educational systems themselves have crumbled, leaving behind teachers who want to teach and students who want to learn, but an economy that cannot support either.

Yahoo News’ AFP source carried the story of the Educational crisis in Zimbabwe’s Schools.

Zimbabwe’s crisis in education eased last year with the creation of a unity government between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
That ended Zimbabwe’s economic freefall and halted the political unrest that saw nationwide attacks mainly against the premier’s supporters.
But government schools still struggle with up to 50 students in a class and 20 children sharing a book.

The salary paid to teachers was so low that many teachers left the career for manual labor positions that actually paid more. The government of Zimbabwe has said they do not believe they can educate the children of their country to the standards that were created in the past, when Zimbabwe had an educational system that was considered the best in Africa. Such a frank acknowledgment that those educational standards cannot be met again in the near future seems to have confirmed parent’s resolve to seek out education for their children at whatever the cost.

To answer this need, Firm Schools are opening up all over the country, but with little to no oversight.

Cashing in on the situation, new Firm Schools run by individuals, families and organizations are sprouting across the country, often inside homes, in yards and in plots designated by the municipalities, offering an alternative to parents.
On pamphlets and flyers, in newspapers and on radio and television, advertisements promising anything from one-on-one tuition, free textbooks and transport, to a Christian environment, have become a familiar feature.
“It has its good and bad sides,” said Lovemore Kadenge, a parent whose child attends one of the new schools in an upmarket suburb.
“The mushrooming of Firm Schools is a good idea. If we have many of them, there is competition, standards are improved and children have good education,” he told AFP.
“But there is a downside to it. It depends whether the government is monitoring the activities of these Firm Schools. There should be a system in place to ensure the safety of the children.”

Firm Schools are an excellent choice for students and families all across the world, but it is often easy to forget that in some areas education itself is a luxury.

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