GOVERNMENT HIRES 2 300 TEACHERS | Government has hired 2 300 teachers as part of the 7 000 needed to fully implement the Primary and Secondary education curriculum.
The teachers are being hired in batches.They are replacing those whose contracts were terminated in the 2016 and 2017 financial year and begin work this week following the re-opening of the schools.
They would be placed under probation for a year before government reviews their performances.
“It is noted that you are recommending the appointment of 2 300 teachers to replace members whose services were terminated in the 2016 and 2017 financial year.
“Please be advised that acting in terms of Section 8 (I) (a) of the Public Service Act, the Civil Service Commission hereby appoints 2 300 teachers with effect from date of assumption of duty.
“Further be advised that in terms of Section 7 (I) of Statutory Instrument 1 of 2000, the members will service a probationary period of not less than one year and thereafter become confirmed members at the end of the probationary period.
“The appointments shall be on pensionable conditions of service subject to security vetting and satisfactory medical examinations,” Civil Service Commission (CSC) secretary Pretty Sunguro said in a letter addressed to Primary and Secondary Education permanent secretary, Sylvia Utete-Masango.
CSC advised it will recruit the required teachers in batches, depending on resource availability.
The recruitments are in line with recommendations from an audit exercise carried out by the CSC, presented to Cabinet and approved.
The number of unemployed teachers currently runs into thousands, with hundreds more expected to be churned out by teacher colleges this year.
Asked why government was recruiting more workers at a time it was struggling to pay civil servants, Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora told the Daily News last month that he was not responsible for funds to pay the teachers.
“All I know is that in September new teachers will be going to schools. The budget and how they will be paid is up to the employer. I do not deal with those issues. I have been public to say I want 7 000 teachers but for now I have been allowed 2 300. Those will join the teaching force in the third term,” he said then.