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Government’s policies lopsided

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It seems that the government has no intention of ever keeping its word when it comes to its commitments in the education sector.

One would feel that teachers, being the shapers of society, are supposed to be treated with the utmost care they deserve. Not in Malawi.

Last year, over 10,000 qualified teachers were promised jobs but, now, it will be a race for only 3, 000 spots, which, as other observers have commented, is a recipe for disaster. The decision will surely negatively impact the whole nation.

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This will not only mean there is still a huge teacher-to-student ratio in classrooms, it will also encourage corrupt practices which, as we all know, have affected the government’s operations.

To begin with, there is no clear criteria to be followed when selecting the 3,000 teachers. And what of the over 7,000 qualified teachers that have been waiting for a job from this government?

This government has time and again failed to show that it cares about the education sector by failing to decisively deal with important issues in the sector.

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Recruitment officers will be tempted to receive a little something to get certain individuals into the system. Apparently, demand is higher than supply and this will breed all sorts of problems for the nation, especially because the country does not have enough teachers.

To say the truth, the government’s treatment of teachers does not inspire confidence in us. Come to think of it. There are teachers who have been hired for three years but are yet to receive their first salaries. In fact, primary school teachers are not teaching because they are owed leave grants.

And they cannot be blamed. All these teachers want is what is due to them.

But the government has decided to create even more problems than solutions to the problems it has created for, and in, the education sector.

This country cannot continue going deeper into the dark hole of insensitivity that it is in.

It is high time the government saw the need to follow through its word.

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