GV ZOOM IN TO CU Royal Australian Air Force plane standing on tarmac (2 shots)
SV Australian teachers walking down steps of plane and being greeted by Australian High Commissioner, Mr. Jeremy Hearder (2 shots)
SV High Commissioner and teachers pose for cameramen next to plane (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Australian High Commissioner signing teachers loan agreement with Mr. Dzingai Mutumbuka, Zimbabwe's Minister of Education (3 shots)
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Mr. Rodney Bush teaching in classroom with black and white pupils (3 shots)
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Mrs. Fin Hylands teaching in classroom (3 shots)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Reuters says although an earlier PF-ZAPU statement accused the Australians of racism, diplomatic sources later said senior PF-ZAPU officials have told Australian diplomats the statement was not authorised by party leaders.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Mr. Joshua Nkomo's minority PF-ZAPU party has criticised a group of Australian teachers, who recently arrived in Zimbabwe, as unqualified and racist. It attacked the government for recruiting them, saying Zimbabwe was becoming a dumping ground for unemployed Australians.
SYNOPSIS: The first contingent of 75 Australian teachers arrived in Salisbury on 11 January. They were the first of 500 recruited by Zimbabwe's Education Minister Dzingai Mutumbuka to help ease an acute shortage of teaching staff in the country. A statement by Mr. Nkomo's party quoted one of the Australians saying he was qualified to teach in Zimbabwe because he'd long experience teaching aborigines in his own country. The statement said that such a racist approach was hardly what Zimbabwe needed for the outlook of its children.
Mr. Gerry Tickwell, President of the Australian Teachers' Federation, has quoted the PF-ZAPU party as saying the Australian government was trying to overcome the problem of its teacher unemployment by sending unemployment, inexperienced teachers to Zimbabwe.
The agreement for Australia to send teachers to Zimbabwe on loan was signed in Salisbury on January eighth. Mr. Jeremy Hearder, the Australian High Commissioner in Salisbury, and Zimbabwe's Education Minister concluded arrangements for 500 Australians to work in the country's schools on two and three year contracts.
The Australian teachers started work in Zimbabwe schools, where new educational changes are to provide an extra 70,000 secondary school places for black children. The Education Minister's reforms are expected to increase the number of children in the first year of secondary school to 90,000. At present, only 10 percent of black children go on to secondary school from primary education. The arrival of the Australians is part of Zimbabwe's worldwide recruitment drive for teachers. Schools formerly reserved for white pupils will be taking in many more black students.