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    Public Service stopped from recruiting teachers


    SIMBARASHE MTEMBO
    NEWS EDITOR

    MASVINGO - The Government has once again taken away the role of recruiting teachers from the Public Service Commission (PSC) and returned it to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education amid allegations of corruption by the Commission’s officers.
    The reversal of the recruitment arrangement comes at a time when the Ministry is making a once-off recruitment of 3 000 teachers from the country’s 10 provinces.
    Teachers’ unions immediately hailed the move.
    A memo from The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education dated December 31, 2018 in the possession of The Mirror stops PSC officials from conducting teacher recruitment with effect from January 3, 2019.
    “Please be advised that with immediate effect, the recruitment of teachers shall be undertaken by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education,
    “All Public Service Commission Provincial and District Offices should forward lists of candidates who are eligible for recruitment as teachers to the relevant Provincial Education Directors by January 3, 2019 for processing,” reads part of the memo.
    Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Professor Paul Mavhima confirmed the developments but denied corruption charges levelled against the PSC.
    “PSC is the employer but the Ministry of Education is the one that knows the qualifications and necessities that teachers must possess. We conducted a transparent process that was not flawed and the selected candidates’ names have been submitted to the Ministry’s head office for verification before the names are submitted to the PSC for registration,” said Prof Mavhima.
    Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) Chief Executive Officer, Sifiso Ndhlovu said the selection process by PSC was flawed and applauded the move to revert the selection to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.
    “The selection process by PSC was flawed, they gave us workers not teachers. They are not alert to requirements and qualities that our teachers must possess and many candidates were not teachers by profession. The selection of teachers has always been done by the ministry and we hope the responsibility will be given to the Ministry not PSC in the near future,” said Ndhlovu.
    Sources who spoke to The Mirror on anonymity said the PSC was barred from conducting teacher recruitment after 2 500 candidates of the 3 0000 teachers to be recruited were found to be all from Harare where the PSC had centralised the selection process.
    “Most of the shortlisted candidates were drawn from one city but applications were received from all of the country’s 10 provinces. I have no doubt some of the candidates were imposed upon the selecting committee by those in higher offices.
    “The reversal ensures that all provinces and districts have candidates shortlisted which creates transparency in the selection processes,” said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
    Aonother source said the matter is still far from being finalised as politicians are demanding that the move be reversed.
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