Rwanda massively recruits Zimbabwean teachers to bridge shortage gaps.
Rwanda, currently experiencing a shortage of teachers for their schools has resorted to massive recruitment of teaching talents from Zimbabwe and other neighboring African countries.
The country and Zimbabwe reportedly signed an agreement early this year that will see Kigali hire tutors from the South African country to bridge skill gaps.
A government official in Harare revealed that about 491 Zimbabwean teachers have been shortlisted for interviews that will be conducted in the next few days.
Also, a permanent secretary in Zimbabwe’s Public Service Ministry, Simon Masanga said the Rwandan government requested more tutors to bridge longstanding skills gaps and language barriers.
“We are recruiting competent education personnel to be employed in Rwanda on job positions under four categories: basic education, basic TVET(Technical and Vocational Education and Training), polytechnic and universities,” he said.
He also said a recruitment manual was jointly agreed upon to facilitate the hiring process, with minimal qualifications stipulated as bachelor’s degrees and post-graduate degrees.
“The successful candidates are expected to travel to Rwanda in September after undergoing pre-departure training by a team of experts from Zimbabwe and the embassy of Rwanda to ensure adequate orientation and requisite information is imparted to the Zimbabwean nationals prior to their deployment,” Mr. Masanga added.
Citing the need to boost his country’s education system, the president of Rwanda, Mr. Paul Kagame hinted at this teacher recruitment drive from Zimbabwe during last year’s Trade and Investment Conference.
Zimbabwe on the other hand has thousands of teachers who are unemployed because the country is grappling with a high unemployment rate of over 80 percent due to years of stringent economic regression. The country made large investments in education since independence which resulted in the highest adult literacy rate in Africa.