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Government posts over 26,000 teachers to schools, colleges

14th February 2013
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  Only 2,037 out of the 29,007 needed for science, maths
Education and Vocational Training minister Dr Shukuru Kawambwa (C) speaks at media briefing in Dar es Salaam yesterday. He announced the recruitment of over 26,000 teachers for government primary and secondary schools across the country. (Photo: Khalfan Said)

The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training yesterday announced teaching jobs for 26,537 Tanzanians, including 841, who failed to secure enough credits in their 2011 final exams.

Addressing journalists, the minister, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa said the newly announced postings comprise 13,568 for primary school teachers with certificates and 12,973 for secondary and teachers’ training colleges holding diploma and Bachelor degrees in education respectively.

“This year’s teacher enrollment has increased by 11 per cent, an additional of 2,630 teachers to the 23,907 teachers, employed during the 2011/12 financial year,” Dr Kawambwa said.

However reports from the Commissioner for Education, Eustella Bhalalusesa said yesterday that while science and mathematics need 29,004 teachers countrywide, the subjects received only 2,037 teachers.

Bhalalusesa said majority of the teachers employed by the government will teach Arts subjects, leaving the gap of basic sciences still yawning.

Detailing, the minister said a total of 13,527 teachers out of 13,568 will report to primary schools where they will be overseen by respective councils, while the remaining 41 teachers will work at subsidiary primary schools under the ministry.

Already 12,973 teachers have been posted to secondary schools operating under the councils, he said.

He added that 59 teachers will work in training colleges and 21 others will teach subsidiary secondary schools operating under the ministry.

The minister said the list of teachers employed in secondary and teachers’ training colleges comprise 1,286 teachers of which 862 hold Bachelors’ degrees and 424 have diplomas. They applied for the posts while working.

“…these are different from those who applied directly from their varsities,” he said, ordering in-service teachers who have finished their studies to report to their working stations immediately.

The minister said, the newly employed teachers have only 24 days to report to their posted centres or else lose their jobs.

Dr Kawambwa emphasised that the reporting date is March 1 for all teachers and the deadline set is March 9, this year.

Explaining on the government set deadline, Education and Vocational Training deputy minister, Phillipo Mulugo said the date was preferably to enable administrators such as headmasters and directors to determine the number of working staffs and how they are to be paid wages.

He said delaying to report to posted school would make the teacher not to be listed in the respective payroll.

“The measures have been taken to reduce inconveniences causing unrests among the newly employed teachers and their managements,” he said.

The minister said effective assessment has been conducted to establish the scope and demand of teachers for each school before allocating the new staff.

Efforts to get Tanzania Teachers Union (TTU) president Gratian Mkoba and his Secretary General, Ezekiel Oluoch, yesterday failed because  the could not be found.

Early this year the government through President Kikwete announced that it would hire 28,746 teachers for both primary and secondary schools to reduce the yawning gap of 57,177 teachers present in public schools.

The decision was to be effective since last month.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN