The Ministry of Education has begun recruitment of over 600 classroom teachers in Nimba County to help replace teachers who for some reasons are no longer in the classroom.
The office of Nimba County Education Officer told the Daily Observer that the Ministry of Education authorized the local office in Nimba to screen and recruit qualified teachers to replace teachers and school administrators who have retired.
Mr. Stanley Tozay, Administrative Assistant to the CEO, said the recruitment is considering those with Bachelor and Associate Degrees, and Grades ‘B’ and ‘C’ Certificates.
He said preference will be given to those with the requisite credentials and are in the classroom but not on salary.
Mr. Tozay, however, clarified that anyone with the requisite documents, especially degrees, will also be recruited because there is an acute shortage of qualified high school teachers in the county.
Since last February, over 300 teachers and school administrators have been retired creating vacuum in the county school system, something Mr. Tozay said the MoE is going to replace them upon the recruitment.
When the Daily Observer visited one of the interview centers, it was crowded with both young and old people seeking employment opportunities.
According to local Education authorities, Nimba has been facing acute shortage of qualified classroom teachers especially at the senior high school level, making most of the senior high schools to perform very poorly in major public examinations such as the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Nimba School System contains 13 school districts with Ganta and its surroundings being areas with highest population. There are about 10 senior high schools and several other junior and semi senior high schools.
The schools according to students lack Mathematics and Science teachers—especially courses such as Chemistry and Physics.
With this need, Mr. Tozay said nearly all those coming for recruitment were grades ‘C’ and ‘B’ certificate holders with a few ‘AA’, adding, “We are not getting content teachers, something we really want in the county.”