Govt targets 2 000 new teachers

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THE Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) expects more than 2 000 teachers to be recruited this year amid revelations that the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Bulawayo province is offering degreed but non-trained teachers jobs.

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CSC is successor to the Public Service Commission.

Zimta chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu told Southern Eye yesterday that there was urgent need to recruit since the education sector is projected to grow by 2%.

He said there were currently 130 000 teachers in the country.

“The government is projecting a 2% growth in the sector. Therefore, we are looking at an additional 2 000 teachers to fill up posts in 8 000 schools around the country,” Ndlovu said.

However, Ndlovu downplayed the belief that trained teachers were being overlooked.

“The ranking of candidates is not an issue. Trained teachers should not be looking for jobs, but instead jobs should be chasing after them. The university graduates are coming in as relief staff,” he said.

CSC Bulawayo province has been offering non-trained teachers jobs in its ongoing recruitment and stopped hiring “O” Level and “A” Level certificate holders.

University graduates with non-teaching degrees, candidates with Higher National diplomas, candidates with non-teaching diplomas are being recruited.

In a notice titled Vacancy announcement BMP 1/2013 issued by the chief provincial inspector for Bulawayo Metropolitan province GD Kunene, all interested candidates, including university graduates with non-teaching degrees, candidates with Higher National Diplomas and candidates with non-teaching diplomas can apply for teaching posts.

“Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill relief, temporary and permanent teaching posts that have arisen in the province’s five districts. Eligible candidates are university graduates with teaching degrees, retired personnel, university graduates with non-teaching degrees, candidates with Higher National diplomas, candidates with non-teaching diplomas, candidates with full certificates and qualified teachers,” Kunene’s notice read.

Many teachers left the civil service alongside other professionals at the onset of Zimbabwe’s economic downturn leaving schools severely understaffed.

Schools are due to open for the first term on January 14.