Zim Govt Recruiting District Schools Inspectors
The Zimbabwean Government, through the Ministry Of Primary and Secondary Education (MOPSE), is recruiting 220 District Schools Inspectors (DSIs) across the country to enhance the monitoring and supervision of teachers in line with the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1). The recruitment of the School Inspectors comes almost a month after Government recruited 3 816 teachers.
In an interview, Primary and Secondary Education Deputy Minister Edgar Moyo said the recruitment of DSIs is critical for improving the quality of education in the country which has been decline largely due to lack of effective supervision of teachers.
"The Ministry is recruiting 220 district schools’ inspectors across the country in line with our monitoring and supervision trajectory which depends on those people. We have already conducted interviews and shortlisted candidates and have already presented their credentials to the Public Service Commission (PSC)," said Deputy Minister Moyo.
"We are waiting for the ascent of PSC and the numbers and these are the people we expect to fill in positions of district schools’ inspectors."
"The element of people acting in the Ministry is a big issue, but it has its background because each time you promote people you are also creating a vacuum below. This is precisely the reason why we had so many acting DSIs," he said.
"DSIs are critical personnel in our education system because these are the people who go into the schools and ensure that the required standards are followed and enforce compliance in the ministry, which is why we need to get those positions filled up."
The Ministry also requires at least 40 000 more teachers to address the critical manpower shortage in the education sector, especially in science subjects and early childhood development classes (ECD). The shortage of teachers has been worsened by the need for social distancing in schools which resulted in lower numbers of students in class and more classes for teachers to take care of.
Deputy Minister Moyo touched the issue of teacher recruitment which he said is an ongoing exercise.
"Teacher recruitment is an ongoing exercise. In fact, we have recruitment which is done every term and the numbers are not fixed as they depend on Treasury concurrence and we get those numbers from time to time," he said.
"We also have continuous recruitment to replace attrition posts, which refers to people who would have either resigned from service, retired or died. In some cases, they would have disappeared and therefore these people are constantly recruited."
"The termly recruitment is meant to raise our numbers to levels that we think are ideal to get the system running especially now that we have Covid-19 and have reduced numbers of classes and we need more teachers for that," he said.
President Mnangagwa has therefore directed that all qualified, but jobless teachers be employed to enable schools to run smaller classes in line with Covid-19 measures. Zimbabwe has about 4.6 million learners and nearly 140 000 teachers.