The Teaching Service Commission (TSC) says it is satisfied with the ongoing teacher recruitment exercise in Western Province.
Teaching Service Commissioner, Clement Sinyinda says in selected districts of Western Province namely Kaoma, Sioma, Senanga, and Nalolo where the commission has been to, the teacher recruitment exercise is going on smoothly and will wind up with Mongu after touching Kalabo.
Commissioner Sinyinda says District Human Resource Management Committees have strategically been formed and with proper composition in order to benefit the local residents in the districts.
Commissioner Sinyinda said this when he and his team paid a courtesy call on Western Province Minister Kapelwa Mbangweta during a follow-up to see whether the District Human Resource Management Committees were following the right procedure in the province.
He said the teacher recruitment exercise has been well localized in all the districts so that the residents feel that they own the process.
And Western Province Minister, Kapelwa Mbangweta says there was need for the Teaching Service Commission to realize that in the recent past a lot of teachers that were recruited in Western Province did not come from the region.
Mr. Mbangweta says teachers that were recruited outside the province left the region with their Payroll Management and Establishment Control (PMEC) numbers just a few months after starting work thereby creating a teacher deficit in the province.
Mr. Mbangweta says he was eager to see that the Teaching Service Commission first considers filling in gaps for teachers that left the province as an equalizer and then resort to the original recruitment exercise in the province.
Western Province has been badly hit with a shortage of teachers and is expected to benefit more than 3, 000 teachers out of the 30, 000 that are going to be recruited this year.