Ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor not af­fected by job freeze

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Re­porter

THE Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, which is grap­pling with an acute short­age of teach­ers, will not be af­fected by the freez­ing of re­cruit­ment of em­ploy­ees and pro­mo­tions ef­fected by the Gov­ern­ment, Min­is­ter Lazarus Dokora has said.

The Gov­ern­ment froze the re­cruit­ment of em­ploy­ees and pro­mo­tions in the civil ser­vice at the be­gin­ning of this month as part of its staff ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise in line with rec­om­men­da­tions of the Civil Ser­vice Re­port of 2015.

The ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion also saw the Gov­ern­ment abol­ish­ing more than 8 000 posts in the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Ir­ri­ga­tion De­vel­op­ment.

Min­is­ter Dokora yes­ter­day said his min­istry, which has the high­est num­ber of civil ser­vants, had en­gaged the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC) to get clar­i­fi­ca­tion over the is­sue.

“We en­gaged the PSC af­ter the freez­ing of posts and I’m happy to say they clar­i­fied that the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry will not be af­fected by the job freeze. Wher­ever teach­ers or head­mas­ters are re­quired, they will be de­ployed.

“The min­istry is grap­pling with a se­ri­ous short­age of teach­ers, es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas, with some schools be­ing run by deputy heads and an in­ad­e­quate num­ber of teach­ers,” said Min­is­ter Dokora.

In June this year, Min­is­ter Dokora said Trea­sury gave his min­istry the green light to re­cruit 10 000 teach­ers and head­mas­ters at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond term.

He said the coun­try must have a max­i­mum of 130 000 teach­ers, the num­ber which Trea­sury can af­ford to pay.

The coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the Zim­babwe Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (Zimta), has about 120 000 teach­ers in em­ploy­ment, leav­ing a short­fall of 10,000. About 25 000 teach­ers are said to be out of work. Mata­bele­land North provin­cial ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Mrs Boithatelo Mn­guni this week said the short­age of teach­ers had re­sulted in most schools op­er­at­ing with skele­ton staff. — @pame­lashumba1

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