Chief Sipatunyana of the Toka-leya speaking people of Zimba district Southern Province has cautioned newly employed teachers in the country against shunning working in rural areas.
Chief Sipatunyana noted that some teachers do not want to work in rural areas where their services are required.
The traditional leader observed that it will be disappointing to see newly recruits allegedly forge documents such as marriage certificates as a way of shunning work in the remote areas.
He said such a situation will frustrate the efforts of the Ministry of Education.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, the traditional leader praised government for employing 30,496 teachers.
“It’s gratifying to see over 30,000 teachers employed by government. However, what is disturbing is that some teachers shun to work in rural areas where their services are needed most,” he said. Chief Sipatunyana said the employment of teachers is a demonstration of the importance that the government places on education.
“I commend the government for actualizing their campaign promise on recruiting 30,000 plus teachers. This milestone is historical and those that thought the New Dawn administration won’t do it (employ) teachers should feel ashamed,” the Chief said. – ZANIS