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Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 10:40:35 EST 2018

   - National <https://www.zimeye.net/category/national/>

Govt Promises To Recruit 3,000 Teachers
December 30, 2018
Mrs Tumisang ThabelaState Media – The Government will on Wednesday and
Thursday recruit 3 000 teachers in a bid to improve the teacher to pupil
ratio as it moves to enhance the quality of education in schools.

In a notice dated 28 December 2018 and signed by the Permanent Secretary in
the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Tumisang Thabela, the
ministry announced that it would be carrying out a registration exercise
for the recruitment of teachers to fill vacant posts throughout the country.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education will be carrying out a
registration exercise for prospective teachers who will possibly fill
limited vacancies that are available for the 2019 financial year.
Prospective candidates can register at their nearest District Education
Office from 2 January 2019 to 3 January 2019,” read the notice.

The Ministry urged applicants to register at only one district upon
producing their original teacher qualification certificate, birth
certificate and national identification card.

In a telephone interview, Mrs Thabela confirmed that her ministry was
recruiting and said they needed more teachers but were being restricted
because of budgetary constraints.

“We have been allowed to recruit 3 000 teachers at the moment due to our
small purse but we do need more because we have huge gaps in the system,”
she said.

She added that the Government has taken serious steps in addressing issues
of language in line with the country’s Constitution.

Mrs Thabela urged applicants for the Infant Education module to provide
proof of proficiency in the local languages (especially for formerly
marginalised indigenous languages) spoken in the district of choice.

“We also want teachers who are proficient in local languages because the
Language Policy states that children from Early Childhood Development (ECD)
up to Grade Two must be taught in their mother tongue so the teachers must
be able to use the local languages spoken in that area too. The ECD level
is where we need good teachers and that is where many shortages are,” she

The ministry further warned applicants against falling prey to fraudsters
that would purport to be facilitating jobs for them.

“The ministry has not employed any third party or agent to carry out the
registration. The exercise is only done at District Education Offices,”
read the notice.

The teacher recruitment exercise is expected to play a big part in reducing
the teacher to pupil ration, which had scaled up as high as 1:50 at some
schools. It is also expected to improve the staffing levels especially in
most remote areas of Matabeleland region and some parts of Masvingo

The latest development is also in line with the country’s economic
blueprint, the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP), which gives
prominence to the human development agenda making education a key factor.

According to the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting, at
least 3 000 teachers will get the opportunity to be employed.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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