The Ministry of Education has acquired the services of 2 227 teachers to ease the deficit that has been created by the introduction of free universal primary education, with some these recruits coming from other SADC countries, The Villager understands.
Following consultations between the Minister of Education (MoE), David Namwandi and cabinet, authorization was granted to source over 100 qualified teachers to teach in the fields of Mathematics, English and Science.
MoE Public Relations Officer, Johanna Absalom, confirmed that the process of sourcing the teachers is in full swing despite not being able to confirm to The Villager, the number of teachers that have already been recruited at the schools.
“The Ministry has committed itself to recruiting competent teachers to ensure that we deliver on our mandate, which is to train and educate for national development, hence; the extra mile to get teachers from other SADC countries and the on-going process”, she said. Absalom could, however, not confirmed the number of teachers recruited from other SADC countries but says that the recruitment gives first priority to the Namibian applicants and that where Namibians do not qualify then the vacancy can be given to SADC applicants.
She added that a great number of schools have already selected candidates/ teachers to commence on the dates specified by schools. “Schools also already have teachers. SADC teachers are meant to complement our existing staff in efforts to enhance teaching,” she added.
MoE made it clear that the applicants do not apply to the ministry but directly to the schools which were stated in the adverts. “The short-listing for the applications is normally handled at school and regional level. Thereafter, interviews are conducted and candidate appointed” she explained.
“Of the 2 227 teaching vacancies, So far, most schools in the various regions have conducted interviews. However, the exact amount of posts filled will be known as soon as all selected candidates have commenced duties in the new-year. Some regions are in the process of handling processes with regards to work permits and the arrangements thereof. We will provide statistics accordingly in due time”.
The criterion for each of these vacancies is advertised and has to be met before an application can be considered successful.
Absalom explicated that for the lower primary and pre-primary sector, the ministry is looking towards about 150 UNAM students who specialised in this area and will be graduating in 2015.
“Obviously this is not enough but it is a step in the right direction,” she emphasized, “not all the advertised positions are actually vacant. For current teachers whose contracts are up, they have to also re-apply to retain their positions”.
Statistics for 2013 shows that a total of 649 472 learners were enrolled in schools and the Ministry expected the number to increase to 671 376 this year, this increase is expected to continue and teachers must be available to cater for the educational needs of these learners.