The Namibian government has approved the recruitment of primary and secondary school teachers from Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe in fields of Mathematics, English, Social and Natural Sciences, Setswana and learning support for learners with learning difficulties.
This as the Teachers Bulletin Vacancy List for 2014 contains 2 227 teacher vacant posts across all regions and all grade levels in the country.
“This is an indication that the Ministry of Education is in dire need of teachers. The sort supply of teachers is due to changes in ministerial policies and programmes such as the implementation of the Universal Primary Education (UPI) which resulted in an increased learner enrolment; piloting of inclusive Education; introduction of compulsory Mathematics in grades 11 and 12; allocation of full-time Life Skills teachers and School Librarians as well as review of teacher-learner ratio,” reads a statement from Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information & Communication Technologies.
The countries identified for bilateral discussions and possible recruitment of teachers concerning academic year 2014 and 2015 are Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Teacher Bulletin Vacancy List 2013 shall be used as a tool for recruiting these teachers for actual vacant posts, Ndjarakana stated.
“The Ministry of Education would like to emphasize that the arrangement to recruit surplus teachers from SADC countries is in line with SADC Protocol on Education and Training and the AU Protocol on Education that allow countries to share resources including human capital. These countries were identified for their exceptional human capital development from which Namibia can tap on their expertise.”