North West ZNUT hails Govt for teacher deployment


THE Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) in North Western Province has commended Government for deploying 484 teachers in the region.

ZNUT provincial secretary James Musolokoto told the Daily Nation that his union was pleased with the move taken by Government to deploy teachers in the region.

Mr Musolokoto said that the move had not only provided employment to the youths but would also address the teacher- pupil ratio in most schools in the province.

“We want to thank Government for finally deploying a good number of teachers in the province. It is a gesture that ZNUT has welcomed. We are so happy,” he said.

Mr Musolokoto has however said his union still felt that the number was not adequate.

He said his union was for the idea that Government should consider recruiting more teachers every year.

“The issue of employing teachers after some time may not be very helpful because schools are being built and upgraded every year,” he said.

He also commended the provincial education office for
recruiting local teachers.

“When we say local teachers, we are not talking of those tribal groupings that are indigenous in North Western but all the people resident in the region because those people are well vested with the terrain of the province,” he said.

He implored the newly employed teachers to report on time and be ready to render their service.

“As long as we have a school in some place, it means the presence of a teacher is cardinal, because a pupil in that rural area is equally as important as a pupil in the urban area,” he said.

Recently, provincial education officer Steven Chishiko announced that Government had allocated 484 teachers to the province in the latest teacher
recruitment exercise.