About 50 newly-trained teachers from Hillside Teachers College in Bulawayo are in Gokwe South District in the Midlands Province claiming that their jobs have been taken by temporary teachers at the schools they have been assigned to.
Newly qualified teacher, Takunda Marozva, said they are now sleeping in the open while they wait to hear from the district education office in Gokwe, which has been notified of the situation.
A source in the Ministry of Education told Studio 7 that the deployment process is very clear. Student teachers state their preferences in terms of provinces they want to be assigned to. As schools declare vacancies to their district offices, the ministry and districts coordinate to place students according to their preferences.
Marozva said when he and other new teachers arrived at the schools assigned to them by the district office, headmasters told them that their jobs were no longer available, as temporary teachers had filled the posts.
Marozva said he suspected corruption between the district staffing officers and the temporary teachers.