Government has been urged to de-centralise the recruitment of teachers.
Senior Chief Kanongesha of the Lunda people in Mwinilunga district says such a move would put a stop to newly recruited teachers rejecting and abandoning their postings.
The traditional leader told ZANIS in an interview that there many qualified teachers awaiting recruitment in many of the areas being shunned by newly recruited teachers.
Senior Chief Kanongesha said Mwinilunga district is one such area were a lot of teachers who were trained at a cost to both parents and government are looming the streets.
He said it is unfortunate that such qualified teachers are being left unutilised when most schools in the area are in dire need of teachers.
The traditional leader said teachers resident in the districts and other remote parts of the country deserve to be employed as they have the same qualifications as those resident in bigger towns.
Senior Chief Kanongesha said it is not right to recruit teachers from as far as Lusaka and post them to districts such as Mwinilunga where they will fail to adopt and eventually abandon their posting.
The traditional leader said resident qualified teachers are best suited to the local environment.
“We want our children also to be employed cause they hold the same qualification with those teachers who are being sent to our district” he noted.
Senior chief Kanongesha said parents and elders in the district are not happy with the move taken by the ministry of education to sideline locally available qualified teachers.
He pointed out that local teachers are ready to serve in any part of the district once recruited by the ministry of education.
Meanwhile, Mwinilunga District Commissioner Webster Samakesa said government would urgently look into the concerns raised by traditional leader.
The district commissioner explained to the senior chief that government was employing teachers in phases adding that qualified teachers in the district would eventually be recruited.
Mr Samakesa disclosed to the senior chief that the ministry of education has since requested all the 45 teachers who were not taken on during the recent recruitment exercise to re-apply.