Government orders Zimbabwe teachers to reapply for jobs?
THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has ordered all teachers to report to their respective work places with their CVs and academic certificates and also sign “new” employment contract forms, zimbabwenewsday has learnt.
We spoke to some of the teachers. Teachers who talked to ZimbabweNewsday on Wednesday morning, said they received phone calls from their respective schools advising them to do this before the schools open next week. Most of them were left in shock.
Teachers are currently on holiday enjoying their holidays and schools open next Tuesday for the third and final school term of 2016.
During our conversation on the phone call with one of the teachers “I was called on my mobile on Monday by my headmaster who said I should bring as soon as yesterday my CV and certified copies of academic certificates for submission,” said a male teacher who is deployed at a high school in Bindura.
“They said that everyone should bring their certificates for further verification by the ministry officials of our qualifications before the schools open for the third term, the reason being that they still believe that there are some ghost workers within the education sector,” another teacher who teaches at a secondary school in Manicaland said.
ZimbabweNewsday also learnt from other teachers that they were told that government was going to retrench some teachers before the schools open next week.
“We were told to sign in two new employment contract forms, one of which was said to be kept in our files at the school and the other one to be taken to the ministry’s head offices.
“But there was no clear explanation as to why this was being done given the fact that we submitted our CVs when we got employment some years back,” said a female teacher who works in Mount Darwin.
Efforts to get a comment from Lazarus Dokora, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education were fruitless as his phone could not be reached.
The government, through the public service commission, has been conducting head counts on teachers since last year in a bid to eradicate so-called ghost workers.