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State to recruit 5,000 teachers

SITEMBILE SIWAWA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT will by August this year recruit 5,000 early childhood, primary and secondary school teachers countrywide.
And Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education spokesperson Hillary Chipango has warned teachers against seeking for transfers before the required two years of service elapses.
Mr Chipango said in an interview that the 5,000 teachers will be recruited to beef up the delivery of quality education.
He said, “Among the teachers we will recruit are for early education, primary and secondary schools.”
Meanwhile, Mr Chipango expressed concern that recruited teachers tend to seek for transfers before they serve the required two years.
He described this as unfortunate and unfair as children in the rural areas are usually left with few teachers to attend to them and leaving a wider gap of teacher-pupil ratio.
“The ministry only advertises for jobs in areas where there are vacancies and I believe when one is applying, they are able to see the area they are applying for. Why apply when you know you cannot manage to stay in that particular area?” Mr Chipango said.
He has also warned human resource officers at the ministry to comply with the rules and regulations when issuing transfers to teachers,” he said.
And Mr Chipango has advised stakeholders in the education sector to work together and resolve the ongoing salary harmonisation impasses; especially for those in rural areas where there is need for input from all stakeholders.

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