Zimbabwe currently has an ongoing government employment freeze – but its education department is set to employ more maths and science teachers to try to alleviate almost 1,000 vacancies across the country.
The appointments will be made over the next two years. The Higher Education Minster, Professor Jonathan Moyo, said that 343 maths teachers are currently being trained – and 400 have already graduated. The teachers will help to plug the huge gap that has opened up in students’ education due to lack of specialist teaching.
According to a Finance Ministry document, the Zimbabwean government stopped employing workers as its wage bill amounted to more than 80 per cent of its budget. Employees across the board (including teachers) had their pay withheld as the government struggled to manage the deficit.
The government wants the teacher vacancies to be filled by the end of 2018.
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