By Mathews Kasanda
Some primary school teachers that are yet to be employed under the Initial Primary Teachers Education (Ipte) 13 grade have expressed anger over the government’s decision to call them for interviews before employing them permanently.
Their concern comes in response to Local Government communication inviting the teachers to attend interviews scheduled for December 20 to 23 2021.
The teachers are, however, questioning the motive behind the interviews, claiming that that has not been the case in previous teacher recruitment exercises.
“We have been teaching for close to a year now. We are given a full class to teach and supervisors come to supervise us.
“So, if they say they want to interview us, what do they want to interview us on while we are already teaching,” queried one of the teachers.
Another teacher said calling them for interviews could demotivate them since they will be made to believe that the government does not trust them.
However, Civil Society Education Coalition Chairperson Benedicto Kondowe has disagreed with the teachers.
“To insist that they must not be subjected to interviews might be overstretching the point. I think an interview should not be an issue.
“However, they have a valid point in doubting that the Ministry of Local Government is using the interviews so that some of them should not be recruited,” he said.
The government, through the Ministry of Education, recruited 3,270 auxiliary teachers as a means of decongesting classrooms to contain the spread of coronavirus.