Recruit more teachers, demands NAQEZ

By Staff Reporter

 

National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has challenged government through the Ministry of Finance to immediately release funds to enable the Ministry of General Education recruit teachers.

NAQEZ Executive Director Aaron Chanda in a statement said his organisation was aware that K11.6 billion had been allocated to education and skills development in this year’s national budget.

“Our understanding is that once Parliament passes the budget, it becomes law and we expect that this appropriation for teacher recruitment will strictly be adhered to by everyone. With four months before the year ends, it is disturbing that the Ministry of General Education has not yet began the process of employing and deploying new teachers,” said Chanda.

“This fact clearly instructs that more than 8, 000 teachers ought to be recruited per year if our struggle against pathetic teacher to pupil ratio is to be won. NAQEZ is further aware that Zambia now has more than 35, 000 trained teachers who are ready for work. This number will continue growing if the Ministry of General Education will not employ this year.”