Seychelles seeks to recruit Zambian teachers
By Staff Reporter
The government of Seychelles is seeking to recruit an undisclosed number of teachers from Zambia
to compensate for shortages in state schools.
Addressing journalists, principal secretary for early childhood, primary and secondary, Odile De Commarmond, said the recruitment would be done through a memorandum of understanding to be
signed with the Zambian Ministry of Education.
De Commarmond however said not all the required teachers would be sourced from Zambia.
“For the time being, we have 46 vacancies available at the secondary level. However, it doesn’t mean that we are going to fill all these vacancies with teachers from Zambia only. This is because there are some specific subjects such as religion, French and physical education which we do not require or cannot be taught by Zambians,.” said De Commarmond. “For these teachers, we are still looking at the pace of their adaptation to the system to see if there are any setbacks and how we can move forward.’’
She explained that for the Zambian teachers they first needed to adapt to that country’s school curriculum.
De Commarmond explained further that the Seychelles had her own examination system and they did not train students for International Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).
‘’There are 35 primary and secondary state schools in Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. Presently, there are 1, 050 teachers, including 173 foreigners, working in state schools on the three main islands of Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue,’’ she said.
Early this year, the Ministry of Education took in a group of Zambian teachers to work in the educational sector, mainly at the secondary level.
Zambian teachers would be teaching science, mathematics, geography, information communication technology, and design and technology which are also subjects in Zambia’s educational system.
De Commarmond said Zambia had offered to help since she had a surplus of professional teachers.
Apart from Zambia, the Seychelles is also recruiting teachers from Mauritius, Fiji, Madagascar and the Philippines.