Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3 (6), pp. 233-237, August 2013
Manuscript Number: 060313651
An Analysis on How Demotivated Teachers Affect O-Level Pass Rate
Chingombe Shamiso Iline
Faculty of Education
Department of Educational Foundations: Great Zimbabwe
Email: schingombe21 @ gmail. com
The purpose of this study was
to assess the extent to which demotivated teachers
contribute to the poor O- level pass rate. The researcher
was alarmed by the failure rate recorded in the daily
newspaper. The Herald of 6 February 2013 highlighted that
the poor academic performance of the pupils was blamed on
the teachers. In a bid to ascertain this claim the
researcher carried out the study to establish its
authenticity. A descriptive survey was used as the research
design. For triangulation purpose the data was collected
through interviews, questionnaires and document analysis,
focusing on six secondary schools in Harare. Interviews were
conducted to school heads and twenty parents while the
questionnaires were administered to twenty teachers.
Document analysis of ‘O’ level results was done to ascertain
the pass rate in schools. The results of the study have
shown that most schools recorded low pass rate. Some
teachers outlined that due to economic hardship they are
resorting to some extra jobs in a bid to supplement their
income which compromised the teaching and learning. However,
they also shifted the blame to the parents whom they accused
of not assisting their children with homework. They pointed
out that parents are not fully supporting their children by
giving them the resources to enhance effective learning. The
paper makes a significant contribution to the field of
education in that it brings to light the grievances from the
teachers and parents. This has implications for policy
makers who should address the plight of teachers in ways
that enable them to maintain the dignity of their
profession. It also enhances the teachers to execute their
duties meticulously in order to improve the pass rate in
Keywords: Devote, incentives, demotivated, performance, supplement.
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