THE Zambian Ministry of Education has announced the completion of the 2023 teacher recruitment exercise, selecting 7,221 individuals to join the country’s education workforce.
This includes 4,500 newly recruited teachers and 2,721 positions filled through mop-up from existing applicants to replace retirees, resignations, and other departures.
“I am happy to confirm that Government actualized the Presidential pronouncement that 4,500 teachers would be recruited in 2023,” declared Minister of Education, Douglas Syakalima at a press briefing today.
“This is critical to address the high teacher-pupil ratio and respond to Government’s aspiration to realize Sustainable Development Goal number 4 of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all.”
According to the minister, the recruitment prioritised secondary school teachers specializing in Mathematics, Sciences, Business Studies, ICT, and Zambian languages, reflecting the country’s focus on improving student achievement in these critical areas.
He said the recruitment process, conducted through established Human Resource Management Committees in all 116 districts, ensured qualified teachers residing within each district were given the opportunity to serve their communities.
Additionally, Syakalima said 451 teachers living with disabilities were recruited, demonstrating the government’s commitment to an inclusive education system.
Syakalima highlighted the stringent and transparent nature of the recruitment process, which was monitored by security wings to ensure fairness and accountability.
He added that the names of the 7,221 successful candidates will be published tomorrow, January 26, in major newspapers and online platforms.
“Recruited teachers will collect their appointment letters from District Education Boards and begin processing their documents for deployment within the first term,” said Syakalima.
By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba January 25, 2024