Prospec­tive teach­ers throng Min­istry of­fices

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

MORE than 1 000 prospec­tive teach­ers thronged var­i­ous Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion of­fices in Mata­bele­land North Prov­ince to regis­ter fol­low­ing Gov­ern­ment’s call to fill va­cant posts.

The min­istry car­ried out a na­tion­wide reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise for the re­cruit­ment of 3 000 teach­ers to fill va­cant posts.

Each prov­ince was al­lo­cated 300 posts against a short­age of ed­u­ca­tors es­pe­cially in the Early Child­hood De­part­ment (ECD) where there is a deficit of more than 10 000.

In an in­ter­view in Binga on Fri­day, act­ing Mata­bele­land North Provin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor Mr Jab­u­lani Mpofu said ed­u­ca­tion of­fices were over­whelmed by ap­pli­cants on 3 and 4 Jan­uary.

“We have a short­age of teach­ers in the prov­ince, es­pe­cially in the sciences and in­fants de­part­ment and for­tu­nately Gov­ern­ment of­fered us 300 places as Mata­bele­land North. Reg­is­tra­tion went well in all dis­tricts and turnout was re­ally good as we had about 1 000 teach­ers who reg­is­tered in the prov­ince,” said Mr Mpofu.

He said he could not give sta­tis­tics about staff com­ple­ment in the prov­ince be­cause there have been sig­nif­i­cant trans­fers lately.

The prov­ince has 600 pri­mary and 200 sec­ondary schools with teacher-pupil ra­tio around 1:50 in most schools. ECD and sci­ence sub­jects are the worst af­fected.

Mr Mpofu said Hwange Dis­trict which cov­ers Vic­to­ria Falls and Hwange ur­ban have a bet­ter teacher-pupil ra­tio with 50 per­cent staffing while the other six ru­ral dis­tricts in the prov­ince face a crit­i­cal short­age.

He said of the 300 posts availed to the prov­ince, 140 will be for the in­fants de­part­ment, 80 for ju­nior grades while Or­di­nary and Ad­vanced Level will each get 50 and 30 teach­ers re­spec­tively.

“We can’t say this win­dow has cov­ered the deficit but it will go a long way in clos­ing the gap in teacher short­age,” added Mr Mpofu.

He said ap­pli­cants should not ex­pect to be de­ployed in the dis­tricts that they reg­is­tered in as they can be sent to other dis­tricts in the prov­ince. Mr Mpofu said the reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise is a pos­i­tive move as it en­sures the min­istry has a data­base of teach­ers both in and out of ser­vice.

Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Paul Mavhima re­cently said the ECD is the worst af­fected with a coun­try­wide deficit of 10 000 teach­ers needed while in Mata­bele­land North around 1 000 are re­quired.

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