Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) is in support of permanent recruitment of teachers, against government’s decision to hire the education experts on temporary basis.
The government through the ministry of education announced it’s plan to hire 3000 teachers on contractual basis, in an effort to reduce students, teacher ratio amidst Covid-19 pandemic. According to the government the contracts will be valid for five months.
Speaking in an interview with the media two days ago, Executive Director for CSEC Bennedicto Kondowe said the teachers should be recruited permanently. He argued that the government is assuming that there will be no Covid-19 after five months.
Despite the government’s promise that the contracts will be subject to extension based on availability of funds, the move has faced strong opposition from the public.
People have faulted the government for opting for temporary teaching service, when there are more staff gaps in schools.
Malawi’s education sector is among the worst hit by the pandemic. Schools were closed for a great part of 2020. Meanwhile, students are expected to return to class on 8th February after a three weeks emergency hiatus.