Harare – Zimbabwe’s secret to attaining high literacy rates has been revealed after a recent survey showed that Zimbabwean parents prioritises school fees for their children above everything else.
A survey titled, Financial Wellbeing Survey Report: Priorities of the Zimbabwean Employee, revealed that most Zimbabwean employees prioritise school fees ahead of everything else including food and groceries which came second on the list.
“Regardless of how much an individual earns, school fees, food, rent and accommodation still remain the most important things that employees consider when spending their money,” said the report.
“The implications of these findings for human resources practitioners is that employers who ensure that their employees have a house, cater for school fees and pay enough for people to be able to afford the basic food stuffs are likely to be able to attract the talent they require.”
UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics estimated that 83.6% of Zimbabweans aged 15 and older were literate in 2011.
Since independence in 1980, the Zimbabwean government has always prioritised education by giving it the highest allocation in its national budgets.