THE Professional Teachers Union of Zambia has demanded that the government immediately releases the names of newly recruited teachers to avoid inconveniences next year.
PROTUZ general secretary Albert Muyembe said there was a lot of anxiety among people who had applied and that the union was getting worried with the delay in the releasing of names of successful applicants.
“In as far as teacher recruitment is concerned, we are getting concerned now because by this time we expected teachers selected to have their names published in the media so that they start getting ready. We want these new teachers to start working as soon as schools open in January next year,” he said.
“There is a process; teachers need to know in good time so that government can also prepare resources for them in terms settling-in allowances. We don’t want to see a situation where teachers are employed and posted but they don’t have resources as to where to start from. It is important that as they report for work, they are empowered, they are motivated in terms of receiving their settling-in allowances.”
Muyembe said it was in the interest of both the recruited teachers and the government that names are released immediately.
“Teachers also need time to settle and see what sort of accommodation is available in those places where they have been posted. We have a critical shortage of accommodation both in rural areas as well as in urban areas. So we would like the Ministry of Education to release the names of teachers recruitment now because it has taken too long and there is so much anxiety and impatience from the candidates,” said Muyembe.
“So we urge the government to release those names because people need to know where they have been posted and when they are reporting for work.”