The assistant Minister of Basic Education Moiseraele Goya has made stunning revelations that there are 9,000 trained teachers roaming the streets.
He said this at the Francistown City Council (FCC) full council meeting this week, where the Mayor, Sylvia Muzila lamented the availability of 40 vacancies in the FCC. The figures questioned by the Mayor, are a clear sign of poor planning and laziness by some officials, and they present a possible opportunity for corruption and nepotism. Why should vacancies be kept unfilled when there are thousands of trained youth roaming the streets? The answer is that those tasked with filling the posts are probably trying to find ways to employ their friends and relatives at the expense of qualified and experienced candidates. We hope that the Mayor will follow up on this matter and ensure that the posts are filled by January 2018.
In his presentation, the assistant minister did not speak on the issue of student-teacher ratio, nor did he state what percentage of those teachers are primary, junior secondary or and senior secondary school teachers. This information is crucial, especially when soliciting ideas, solutions, or cooperation from authorities such as councillors. We have heard reports that in some parts of the country, teachers are forced to teach as many as 35-40 students in one class. This arrangement deprives some students of the attention they deserve from their teachers. Some reports also suggest that it takes too long to replace
“A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.” – Ever Garrison