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June 20, 2013

Corruption rocks teacher’s recruitment in Hurungwe

Filed under: News — theweeklymirror @ 4:02 pm
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Nhau Mangirazi

Hurungwe- Senior education officers and some headmasters in Hurungwe north
circuit are accused of corruptly replacing unqualified teachers in dubious
circumstances.

Investigations carried by The Weekly Mirror here exposed that some unqualified teachers at Chikova primary school under Chief Kazangarare

60 kilometres north of Karoi were replaced in suspicious manner.

Sources revealed that a former Grade Seven teacher Munetsi Nyika was
replaced by another untrained teacher though it is a standing rule
that Grade One and Seven classes are sensitive to be replaced unless if it
is by a qualified teacher.

‘’One teacher (name withheld) was at the school for four years teaching Grade seven which is a sensitive class as the pupils are due for exams in October was replaced by another unqualified teacher. What criteria was used no one knows’’ said a source.

 

The scandal exposed   poor performers being taken on board

while those who excel were expelled dampening spirits of excellence in the
district.

‘’If education officials want to replace unqualified teachers it

must be transparent as one who was teaching Grade 4 scored 52
% during result based management (RBM) was dismissed leaving one
teacher, who scored 2 percent because she is linked to a senior
teacher at the school’’ added another source who refused to be named
for professional reasons.

However, sources added that one female teacher; Mavis Mukwasi’s
position was declared vacant by two schools last term raising
suspicion of underhand dealings.

‘’Mukwasi was declared at Dete and Chikova primary schools exposing

double standards. It means she was at both schools in January which is

unheard of professionally. Something is amiss and Government must
probe this as a matter of urgency’’ added a source.

Mukwasi admitted in a telephone interview that her vacant post was
declared by two schools.

‘’I do not know why Dete headmaster declared my vacant post when Chikova
headmaster also declared me. I do not suspect anything wrong over this as
am at work at my new school at  Chikova’’ said Mukwasi in a telephone
interview.

‘’Recruitment of teachers is a circus as the goal posts are changed
every new term to frustrate us. This will affect pupils in the
district’’ added another source.

Hurungwe north district education inspector Mavis Ndoro who deploys
teachers could not be reached comment at time of writing.

However, provincial education officer Sylvester Mashayamombe demanded that
we sent questions to his offices for comment.

‘’Send your questions through fax so that we can answer the

allegations. We forward some questions to higher offices.”, said Mashayamombe.

Zimbabwe education sector is battling to recover following the 2008
social, political and economical crisis that gripped the country when
several thousands of trained personnel in health, education and other

sectors skipped out of the country in search of greener pastures.

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