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- 118 temporary teachers engaged in the region’s schools
- The situation is reported to be same with the Maun sub region
- Some teachers are reported to have more than 10 years serving on temporary basis
- Regional education director says temporary teachers are engaged when permanent staff are on leave
- She disassociates use of temporary teachers from unsatisfactory academic results
North West regional education director, Veronica Mochotlhi has confirmed that there is a high number of temporary teachers employed by her office in the Shakawe-sub region schools. This follows concerns that instead of hiring permanent teachers, the region has opted to engage them on temporary basis to fill the high number of vacant teaching posts.
Information reaching this publication, reveals that the Shakawe-sub region has a total of 118 temporary teachers placed in its senior, junior and primary schools for the 2024-25 academic year. According to it, from the 22 primary schools in the region, there is a total of 56 temporary teachers engaged, and 62 in the three junior schools while 14 has been engaged at Shakawe Senior Secondary School.
From the junior schools, as of the beginning of January to date Shakawe JSS has 10 temporary teachers, Ngambao (8) and Gowa (30).
As per the report, from the 26 primary schools, Seronga and Shaikarawe primary schools have the highest numbers of six temporary teachers each followed by Mohembo East primary school with four while Beetsha, Ghani, Mohembo, Samochima, Sekondomboro, Rwee and Shakawe have three respectively.
Meanwhile, the situation is said to be same with the Maun sub-region with Maun senior school reportedly having a total of 28 temporary teachers employed. It is said that some of these teachers have more than 10 years serving on temporary basis for the school.
The Ministry of Education on annual basis reportedly spends more than P1.1 million on these temporary teachers in the Shakawe sub-region alone with those in secondary school receiving more than P600.000 while those in primary school receive more than P500 000 of monthly basic salaries.
The report further reveals that the ministry uses more than P37 000 monthly on housing allowances, with more than P20 000 allocated for secondary schools while more than P17 000 goes to primary schools. The ministry also spends more than P53 000.00 for Remote Area Service Allowance (RASA), with more than P29 000 allocated to those in primary schools and more than P23 000 to secondary schools on monthly basis.
In an interview, Mochotlhi said they have more temporary teachers in the region due to its geography and infrastructure, indicating that these teachers are engaged when the permanent staff is on maternity, long sick off and study leaves.
“In the midst of that we cannot leave our learners unattended hence the need for our qualified temporary teachers deployed across our schools. We have evidence that our temporary teacher classes are performing very well so we cannot associate them with unsatisfactory results,” she told this publication.
This as some of the teachers in Gowa Junior School revealed that the shortage of teachers has affected the academic performance of the school. According to them, some of the students have even decided not attend classes because they already know that there are no teachers to attend to them.
One of the senior staff members added that the shortage of teachers has affected the ‘teacher, parent’s relationship’ because some of these parents have opted to keep their children at homes, complaining that its better they stay home than to come to school and do nothing,” he said
Meanwhile, Okavango Member of Parliament Kenny Kapinga revealed that in February last year, he engaged the Minister of Education Douglas Letsholathebe on the matter who promised to do something but nothing has come of it.