By Francis Ndanema
The omission of names of trained and qualified teachers from payment vouchers has raised serious concerns among teachers who view the development as a ploy by the Ministry of Education to delay employing them.
The aggrieved teachers told our reporter they have been patiently waiting for several years to be recruited, albeit still rendering their service to the nation. “Now that we are to start enjoying the fruits of our labour, the ministry has delayed us again. We were even thinking that at the end of February this year, we will make our families happy who have for a long time being patient with us when we have been teaching without salaries,” a trained teacher who did not wish to be named said.
Some of the teachers have threatened to quit the teaching profession to either engage in private businesses or find other jobs if the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology fails to employ them. They informed Concord Times that the minister (Dr. Minkailu Bah) has monopolised the recruitment of teachers in the country, apparently for lack of trust in ministry officials.
When these concerns were put to the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Brima Turay, he said the country needs only four thousand (4,000) teachers, while the ministry discovers fake teachers everyday, which according to him has made it the recruitment difficult.
He confirmed the minister is the only person involved in the recruitment process as he insists on the recruitment of the right crop of teachers. When asked if the minister does not have confidence in his staff, he abruptly cut short the interview, not before warning this reporter not to call him again.