Teach­ers flock to Namibia

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U N E M P LOY E D Zim­bab­wean teach­ers are re­port­edly flock­ing to Namibia af­ter the neigh­bour­ing coun­try’s gov­ern­ment ad­ver­tised 2 000 teach­ing posts which it said are open to Sadc r e g ion na­tion­als.

There are about 25 000 un­em­ployed teach­ers in Zim­babwe.

The Zim­babwe Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (Zimta) pres­i­dent Richard Gun­dane how­ever urged teach­ers to treat such ad­verts with cau­tion.

In the ad­vert, the Namib­ian Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Arts and Cul­ture ad­vised in­ter­ested can­di­dates to sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions by Au­gust 29.

The posts are for both pri­mary and sec­ondary schools and teach­ers will be de­ployed to dif­fer­ent prov­inces.

“All for­eign qual­i­fi­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted with eval­u­a­tion re­ports from Namibia Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Author­ity (NQA). All qual­i­fi­ca­tions or tran­scripts not in­di­cat­ing the du­ra­tion of the qual­i­fi­ca­tion must be ac­com­pa­nied with a tes­ti­mo­nial tes­ti­fy­ing the du­ra­tion e.g. 3 year qual­i­fi­ca­tion or stu­dent com­pleted/passed 3 year qual­i­fi­ca­tion,” read the state­ment.

“An at­trac­tive range of ben­e­fits for per­ma­nent full time staff mem­bers in­clude a hous­ing ben­e­fit, trans­port al­lowance, pen­sion fund, med­i­cal aid scheme, so­cial se­cu­rity and am­ple va­ca­tion and sick leave.”

The min­istry said cer­ti­fied copies of ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions and a com­plete CV in­clud­ing his­tory of em­ploy­ment must ac­com­pany ap­pli­ca­tion on Form 156043 and 156094 ob­tain­able on all Gov­ern­ment Of­fices and on www.moe.gov.na <http://www.moe.gov.na>.

“In­ter­ested per­sons from the des­ig­nated group are strongly en­cour­aged to ap­ply.”

Mr Gun­dane yes­ter­day said: “I saw the ad­vert on­line and I am still ver­i­fy­ing to check its au­then­tic­ity. We en­cour­age those will­ing to ap­ply to make sure they ne­go­ti­ate for good work­ing con­di­tions.’’

“They must get fair con­tracts that will guar­an­tee good labour stan­dards. We do not want a sit­u­a­tion where any­one is hooked into crime or fake em­ploy­ers who dupe peo­ple of their hard earned cash,” said Mr Gun­dane.

He said the ap­pli­cants must be wary of bo­gus em­ploy­ers who de­mand pay­ment dur­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process.

A Namib­ian of­fi­cial yes­ter­day said in­ter­ested teach­ers should ap­proach the Namib­ian Min­istry of Home Af­fairs of­fice to process their work per­mits.

“Ap­pli­cants are re­quired to have work per­mits. They can sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions while work­ing on ac­quir­ing the per­mits,” she said.

A Zim­bab­wean lec­turer work­ing in Namibia said the work per­mit could take up to 60 days to process and costs R2 800.

A teacher who lost his job af­ter de­sert­ing pupils to look for greener pas­tures in South Africa in 2008, said he had met many Zim­bab­weans scram­bling to ap­ply.

“I hand de­liv­ered my ap­pli­ca­tion and I met scores of other Zim­bab­weans do­ing the same,” said Mr Zenzo Sibanda.

United Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion grad­u­ates cel­e­brate af­ter re­ceiv­ing their diplo­mas in this file pic­ture

Zimta pres­i­dent Richard Gun­dane

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