By Alice Chisanga
Thirty Thousand Teachers will be recruited in 2022. Finance and National Planning Minister, Situmbeko Musokotwane, tells National Assembly today as he Presents the National Budget.
Dr. Situmbeko says the Country has at least 55,000 trained teachers yet to be deployed and some have been on the waiting line for over six years.
His Government notes that for a person to acquire sound education, there comes need to have enough teachers providing the educational services needed in fostering quality education.
He notes with displeasure that dispite education being an equalizer, there is a common trend in some schools in rural areas where two teachers become responsible of teaching classes from grade 1 to 9.
Dr. Situmbeko say the country is having a high number of unemployed teachers who could be hired to close up the gaps.
The 30,000 teachers will therefore help reduce the number of unemployed teachers and improve the quality of education being offered in public schools.
This will be archieved by reducing the pupil teacher ratio.
Dr. Situmbeko made known that the recruited teachers will be deployed equally across the country to improve education in all the districts.
Adding to the teachers recruitment; One Hundred and Twenty new Schools are expected to be constructed across the country.
And Government has abolished the payment of examination fees, tution fee and Parents Teachers Association Fund (PTA) in all public schools.
Dr. Situmbeko says Government will starting next year provide grants to public schools and government aided schools to help sustain the operational costs of those institutions.