By Patience Lunda:
The Ministry of Education has, through the Malawi Education Reform Programme (Merp), given temporary contracts to 4,125 auxiliary teachers drawn from Initial Primary Teacher Education (IPTE) cohort 13 and part of the IPTE cohort 14.
A statement released by the ministry, which Secretary for Education Chikondano Mussa has signed, indicates that the auxiliary teachers will be placed in various public primary schools across the 34 education districts of the country.
She indicates that the temporary contract period for this engagement is for one academic year and is renewable subject to the availability of funding opportunities.
According to Mussa, those willing to take up temporary teaching positions are expected to report to their respective workstations on October 5 2022.
“The temporary engagement of the auxiliary teachers forms part of the efforts by the government to reduce the high teacher-to-learner ratio across the country and does not, in any way, signal automatic employment on permanent basis after the expiry of the temporary contract period,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, Civil Society Education Coalition Executive Director Benedicto Kondowe has said the recruitment of auxiliary teachers will help reduce the problem of high learner-to-teacher ratio in the short term but the problem will persist in the long term.
However, Edukans Country Manager Limbani Nsapato said on Tuesday that temporary recruitment demotivates teachers.
“The education system needs teachers who are motivated but what is happening is that teachers fail to concentrate and, in the end, they look for other jobs,” he said.
The Ministry of Education has recently received $210 million (K210 billion) from the world Bank for the implementation of infrastructure projects and services in the education sector.