By John Nhandara
THE Zimbabwe- Rwanda Joint Permanent Commission of cooperation is bearing fruit with a team from Rwanda in the country to recruit 400 Zimbabwean teachers to work in the central African country.
Government officials appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education and that of Public service, Labour and Social Welfare this Thursday to give oral evidence on the recruitment and deployment of teachers.
The officials disclosed that agreements made under the Zimbabwe-Rwanda Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation will see 400 teachers being recruited to work in Rwanda.
“We have a team from Rwanda that arrived on Monday and are recruiting Zimbabwe teachers. The exercise is going on very well. More than 400 teachers are required in Rwanda. After the completion of the exercise we will be sending a team to assess where they will be working in Rwanda. We are also negotiating reasonable packages for the teachers,” said the Permanent Secretary-Ministry of Public service, Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Simon Masanga.
With 14 000 qualified teachers on Government’s waiting list, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has filled 4 000 vacant posts and is in the process of processing another 1 000 teaching posts.
“As we speak, there were 5 000 vacant posts and what we have done is to fill four thousand we are processing the other 1 000. We have a critical shortage in ECD teachers, Science teachers and ‘A’ level Teachers,” noted Mr Michael Muguse, Director Human Resources-Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.
It also emerged that the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare is working on decentralising and localising the recruitment of teachers.