Ministry of education, Science and Technology has revealed that it intends to recruit over 10,500 teachers by next year to ease the teacher shortage in the country’s schools.
Ministry’s spokesperson Manfred Ndovie told local media that the recruitment will ease the burden already employed teachers have in order to meet the teacher-pupil ratio.
He admitted that there have been concerns that the new the primary school timetable will be affected due to lack of enough teachers.
The new timetable will see pupils spending more hours in school than before. According to the ministry, the changes are part of the efforts to improve learning achievement of students in the primary schools in line with the Education Act 2013, section 72.
Recently the ministry reinstated over 600 teachers from government primary and secondary schools whose names were removed from Government pay roll system as ghost workers.
Over 1000 teachers’ names were deleted from government pay roll last year. Among the affected teachers were over 500 from Nsanje, 312 from Ntcheu, 60 from Mzuzu, 32 from Balaka, 25 from Blantyre and 10 from Lilongwe.
The deletion of those listed as ghost workers followed a headcount and pay roll audits conducted by the National Audit Office (NAO) last year for all civil servants to eliminate ghost workers.