Harare – Zimbabwe's education department is set to employ more mathematics and science teachers in the next two years, despite an ongoing government job freeze, state media reported on Monday.
According to the Herald newspaper, Higher Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo said that at least 1 000 mathematics and science teachers were needed in the southern African country.
He claimed that the state had intensified its efforts in training the teachers who would fill up the vacancies.
Moyo further said that 343 mathematics teachers were undergoing training at teacher colleges, while about 400 other teachers had graduated with diplomas in early childhood development.
"Against this backdrop, 343 mathematics teachers are currently being trained at secondary teachers’ colleges against 901 vacancies expected to be filled by December 2018," Moyo was quoted saying.
This came as the country was faced with an ongoing job freeze that was part of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) reformed programme.
According to Bloomberg, the government ordered a freeze on hiring of state workers as it struggled to meet a wage bill that accounted for more than 80 percent of its revenue, a finance ministry document shows.
In recent years, the government had to delay payments to workers ranging from teachers to soldiers as revenue plunged and imports rose.