Inflation Threatens Government's Plans To Recruit 5 000 Teachers
The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE), Evelyn Ndlovu, has said inflation endangered the government’s plan to recruit 5 000 new teachers this year.
Zimbabwe’s official inflation is currently one of the highest in the world at more than 200% while the local currency has devalued by over 40% since the start of the year.
While thousands of teaching graduates remain jobless, the MoPSE is failing to plug a huge staffing gap at schools across the country.
Minister Ndlovu was challenged by Members of Parliament (MPs) Wednesday about the absence of specialist teachers for children with learning disabilities. In response, the minister said:
We are running short of teachers in different schools. Our ministry is trying its best to secure qualified teachers to augment those that are already in schools.
This morning, I engaged the ministry of labour regarding this particular situation.
MDC-T legislator, Sipho Makone then asked why the ministry was not recruiting from among the thousands of unemployed teaching graduates.
The minister responded blaming insufficient budget. She said:
We were promised 5 000 teachers this year but because of inflation, we have managed to engage a small percentage of the required teachers.
So, we hope that the supplementary budget will come as a panacea to our problem which will also allow us to look at the issue of salaries, to secure vehicles.
The challenge is that our budgeted resources were affected by the hyperinflation, which culminated in government failing to remunerate teachers.
Ndlovu also criticised a decision by Parliament to centralise the recruitment of teachers saying this needed to be reversed.
She also proposed that teachers should be deployed in schools in their local areas.