Govt says 7,222 teachers recruited for mathematics, sciences, others


About 7,222 teachers have been recruited under the 2023 teacher net recruitment exercise in the country, authorities say.

Acting Minister of Education, Frank Tayali, said the 2023 recruitment prioritized Secondary School teachers with particular teaching skills.

Announcing the conclusion of the exercise at a media briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday, Tayali said the selected teachers were those particularly with teaching skills in sciences, mathematics, Information Technology, business studies and Zambian Languages.

He stated that on this basis 4,500 teachers were employed under the net recruitment and 2,722 teachers were recruited under replacements, bringing the total number to 7, 222.

“The Teaching Service Commission and the Ministry of Education wish to inform the general public that the 2023 teacher net recruitment, whose guiding principle was equity and quality has been concluded,” Tayali said.

The Minister reiterated that the two sets of newly recruited teachers were being deployed differently.

He stated that the 4,500 under the 2023 net recruitment, including the teachers living with disability who were recruited centrally, would report directly to the District Education Board’s office for collection of appointment letters.

“The 2,722 on the replacement category will collect their appointment letters from the Ministry of Education Headquarters, currently camping at the National Centre in Kabulonga, Lusaka,” Tayali indicated.

The Minister stated that the collection of letters was an ongoing exercise which ends on March, 28, 2024.

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He assured the nation that the recruitment exercise was transparent and non-discriminatory as all applicants were given the opportunity to apply wherever they wanted to work from irrespective of the district or province.

“This recruitment was not localised hence all applicants are encouraged to go where ever they are posted, where they are expected to serve for a period of not less than 4 years without requesting for a transfer,” Tayali advised.

He also urged communities receiving the newly recruited teachers to be all embracing in order to encourage unity in diversity.

Tayali insisted that quality education was not a preserve of urban learners only, hence the need to equalise education opportunities for every child.

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