In a statement the Public Service Commission (PSC) said 1 500 names have been submitted for consideration and confirmation. This first batch prioritises schools in the rural areas.
PSC said there are 8 509 posts that remain unfilled on account of funding shortfalls. According to PSC there are 19 993 unemployed teachers, some who completed their training in 2012. PSC said is also exploring opportunities to place the teachers in SADC member states and other regions. We publish the full statement below:
1. The Public Service Commission, fully cognisant of the important role that education plays in the attainment of critical national goals, continues to pay close attention to developments in the sector with a view to implementing supportive actions that benefit teachers and learners alike.
2. It is not only desirable, but necessary, for ways to be found to close the staffing gap in our schools, where 8 509 posts remain unfilled on account of funding shortfalls. This gap places schoolchildren at a disadvantage, and retards the attainment of national development goals.
3. The Commission therefore welcomes the recent decision by Government to provide funds to facilitate the recruitment of 3 000 additional teachers in primary and secondary schools as an interim measure while the request for additional resources to engage more teachers is awaited.
4. The Commission also recognises the on-going sterling work by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in identifying the qualified teaching personnel for specific subjects in all provinces and districts of the country.
5. So far 1 500 names have been submitted to the Public Service Commission for consideration and confirmation. This first batch prioritises schools in the rural areas.
6. Concurrent with the foregoing, the attention of the Commission has been drawn to the plight of [19 993] teachers who completed their training, some as far back as 2012, but have not yet been placed in teaching positions.
7. Accordingly, Government in partnership with the Commission is exploring several initiatives to create opportunities for the teachers who are not absorbed under the current recruitment exercise to be placed in schools when national budgetary resources permit.
8. Government and the Commission are also exploring opportunities to place the teachers in SADC member states and other regions through mutually beneficial bilateral and multilateral arrangements.