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‘SLTU does not recruit teachers’

…says scribe Davison Kuyateh

October 14, 2015 By Samuel Ben Turay

Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union (SLTU), Davison Kuyateh, yesterday said at a press conference that the trade union does not recruit teachers, contrary to popular perception among teachers across the country.

He said teachers who have not been approved by the Ministry of Education and thus unapproved have cast blame on the SLTU for their predicament, oblivious of the fact that it is only the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology that is responsible to recruit teachers.

He said they have embarked on a nationwide biometric registration of teachers and issuance of identity cards to ascertain the number of teachers, noting that the exercise is first of its kind in the country and that it would help them have a proper database of approved teachers across the nation.

SLTU national president, Mohamed S. Bangura, re-echoed his secretary general’s sentiments, saying: “We are not recruiting, nor are we sacking teachers. Our role is specific and that is to work with approved teachers across the country.”

Meanwhile, Mrs. Mariatu Sesay, an unapproved teacher at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Primary School in Waterloo, said she had been teaching for over four years without being approved by the Ministry of Education.

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