Gov­ern­ment re­veals plans to re­cruit more ed­u­ca­tors

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THE Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion will soon re­cruit teach­ers as the Gov­ern­ment moves to ad­dress the short­age of ed­u­ca­tors in schools.

The PSC has since writ­ten to the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion grant­ing them per­mis­sion to start re­cruit­ing.

“Please be ad­vised that, act­ing in terms of Sec­tion 8 (1) (a) of the Public ser­vice Act (Chap­ter 16:04), the com­mis­sion has granted author­ity to re­cruit teach­ers to re­place mem­bers whose ser­vices were ter­mi­nated from Jan­uary 2016 to date.

“Please be fur­ther ad­vised that, the Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion Sec­re­tar­iat shall be rep­re­sented in the re­cruit­ment process,” reads the state­ment.

Ef­forts to es­tab­lish the to­tal num­ber of teach­ers to be re­cruited failed yes­ter­day, but the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced in June that up to 10 000 would be en­gaged.

Zimta Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Mr Si­fiso Ndlovu said they had been in­formed by the Gov­ern­ment of the re­cruit­ment drive.

“The up­lift of teacher re­cruit­ment is a prov­able de­vel­op­ment which is go­ing to im­prove the stan­dards for teach­ing and learn­ing, as well as the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion.

“The is­sue on teacher-pupil ra­tio had left many teach­ers frus­trated, not sure of where they stand, but this an­nounce­ment has surely re­lieved them,” he said.

The Min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Lazarus Dokora, was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment and his Deputy Pro­fes­sor Paul Mavhima’s phone was not be­ing an­swered.

How­ever, last week Dr Dokora as­sured teach­ers and head­mas­ters that they were ex­empted from the Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to freeze the re­cruit­ment and pro­mo­tions in the civil ser­vice.

The Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion is part of its staff ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise that is 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.

In June, Min­is­ter Dokora in­di­cated that about to 10 000 teach­ers and head­mas­ters could be re­cruited.

At that time, Zimta said the coun­try 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 last week said the short­age of teach­ers in the province had re­sulted in most schools op­er­at­ing with skele­ton staff. — @win­nie_­masara.

Mr France Maphosa

Min­is­ter Lazarus Dokora

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