11 Dec 2013 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 11 DEC (NAMPA) - Cabinet has approved the recruitment of teachers from other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries for the 2014 and 2015 academic years.
The decision was taken during Cabinets 13th ordinary meeting in the capital on 03 December 2013.
A media statement issued by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology on Tuesday said Cabinet approved the recruitment of the needed teachers from Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya in east Africa.
It said the Teachers Bulletin Vacancy List for 2014 states that there is 2 227 vacant posts for teachers across all regions and all grade levels.
This is an indication that the Ministry of Education is in dire need of teachers, especially in the following areas of specialisation: Mathematics, Social and Natural Sciences, English, Setswana, and learning support provision to learners with learning difficulties, read the statement.
Cabinet indicated that the shortage 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 enrollment; 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.
In order to mitigate this situation, the Ministry of Education decided to engage SADC countries that may have a surplus of teachers at both levels of education (primary and secondary) in Sciences, Mathematics, English, Setswana and learning support provision to learners with learning difficulties, read the statement.
The Teacher Bulletin Vacancy List 2013 will be used as a tool for recruiting these teachers for actual vacant posts.
Cabinet noted that the arrangement to recruit surplus teachers from SADC countries is in line with SADC Protocol on Education and Training and the African Union Protocol on Education, which allow countries to share resources including human capital.
Meanwhile, Cabinet also approved the increase in all government-subsidised hostels from N.dollars 12 to N.dollars 22 as per regional allocation of hostels in line with inflation.
It stressed that hostels form an integral part of education to provide a healthy and homely atmosphere, and it ensures access to education especially to the most marginalised learners.