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Stringent demands frustrate teachers

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STRINGENT conditions for teachers who deserted the profession at the height of the country’s economic meltdown for them to be re-engaged are discouraging many despite the government’s decision to grant amnesty.

Report by Blondie Ndebele Own correspondent

This was said by Education, Sport, Arts and Culture ministry secretary Constance Chigwamba while responding to questions at the official presentation of the annual secretary’s merit awards at Gloag High School in Matabeleland North yesterday.

She said few teachers are willing to be reinstated because of the requirements.

“Many of those returning teachers do not want to be deployed in rural areas, they want to be treated with the same respect as the people that stayed during economic hardships,” she said.

“Very few are taking up the challenge of rejoining the profession as the conditions are a bit tight.”

Chigwamba said the teachers have to be cleared by the Public Service Commission first and will be on annually renewable contracts subject to vetting and satisfactory medical examination.

She said the headmasters have to submit an annual report to the ministry about the performance of the teachers.

The secretary also said a proper procedure would be to appraise them when they rejoin and appoint them thereafter.

She expressed concern at the number of teachers who approach her intending to rejoin the profession and are frustrated by the process.

Gloag High School this year scooped the Secretary’s Bell Award worth $5 000 for being the best school in the province by providing quality, inclusive and relevant education as well as promoting and developing sport, recreation, arts and culture.

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