Binga South MP grills minister over deployment of non-Tonga speaking teachers

Binga South Member of Parliament Fanuel Cumanzala (CCC) has claimed that the government continues to deploy non-Tonga-speaking teachers in Binga district, but there are unemployed Tonga-speaking teachers.

Cumanzala raised the issue in the National Assembly and also challenged the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Torerai Moyo, to explain the government policy regarding the deployment of Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers in Binga district. He said (via Eye of the South):

Some children are taught by teachers who cannot converse in Tonga, while there are qualified Tonga-speaking teachers who are still waiting to be recruited and are on the waiting list.

My question is, are there specific guidelines regarding this process? I have evidence that at the time of writing this question, Harare was still sending some teachers to Binga.

I interviewed them and they said they were from Harare. As for teachers, I have a database of local teachers.

I attached the database to the question I submitted through the Magazines Office so that the ministry would appreciate that I was not simply asking this question.

I have evidence that this was still the case. That being said, I would like to appreciate that there has been some movement in the database.

About three-quarters of the people in the database are already employed. This is a significant improvement.

In response, Minister Moyo told MPs that Binga was one of the first districts to be considered for a decentralized rollout.

This means that teachers in the area are considered first and forced to sign four-year contracts that require them not to transfer within that period.

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