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Govt Deploys More Teachers To Rural Schools

1 year agoThu, 19 May 2022 05:19:51 GMT
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Govt Deploys More Teachers To Rural Schools

The Government has recruited 3 904 teachers, with most of them deployed to remote areas that are always facing staff shortages.

In March, the Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the recruitment of 1 464 teachers. This means that a total of 5 368 teachers have been employed since the beginning of the year.

The combined figures of teachers recruited in 2022 are more than 50 per cent of the targeted 10 000 teachers that were requested by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

The newly recruited teachers will be deployed to both primary and secondary schools.

Primary and Secondary Education communications and advocacy director Taungana Ndoro said schools in remote areas will get teachers who come from those communities in order to address constant transfers of teachers. Said Ndoro:

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Most of the teachers that get deployed there end up requesting for transfer to join their families or move closer to home.

That is where we have challenges as some just occupy the position for just one or two years and then transfer.

There are others who don’t take up the assumption of duty in those areas maybe because they don’t come from those areas.

Therefore, there has been a deliberate effort to try and recruit teachers from particular communities to teach within those communities who will be able to stay longer in those communities and hopefully not transfer.

Ndoro said the latest recruitment of teachers will go a long way in addressing the shortcomings that exist in the education sector. He said:

It is significant because it will then help us adhere to Standard Operating Procedures so that we do not have bloated classrooms.

It also assists us in areas where there are no teachers at all and also for certain learning areas that are lagging behind.

It is a step in the right direction and as the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, we are very happy that the Public Service Commission and the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare have recruited those teachers.

We expect to get more teachers as the year progresses and even in future because we are in need of more teachers but this is a step in the right direction.

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