Deputy Minister of State, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), David Silinde told the lawmakers while the demand for teachers is almost all district councils in the country, there is no favouritisms in new employments.
“The government follow the existing criteria of posting teachers in accordance to demand and availability” he stressed.
Silindewa responding to a supplementary question by the Iramba East MP, Francis Mtinga (CCM) who had wanted to know the number of teachers who would be posted to Mukalama, which got only 12 teachers, compared other districts that got 40 teachers in the last posting.
“What are the strategies used by the government in distributing new workers to different district councils, especially teachers?” asked the law maker.
Silinde explained that employ workers including teachers in accordance with availability of funds budgeted in the financial year.
He said thereafter, the new recruits are distributed to different district councils depending on combinations, the directive that each school should not have less than eight teachers and pupil teacher ratio in primary schools
The deputy minister added that for secondary schools the criteria in distribution of teachers is to identify the number of students taking specific subjects in every class, identify streams per grade, whereby one stream has40 students from form one to four and 35 students in form five and six.
Other criteria include the number of students to be taught every subject following the curriculum directives and the maximum number of lessons per teacher.
It is a maximum requirement of lessons per teacher 30 lessons and minimum of 28 lessons, all 40 minutes each. The government recently announced employments of 32,000 teachers and health workers this month.