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Adult Literacy Instructors Recruitment Halts

The Ministry of Gender says its initial plan to recruit extra two thousand adult literacy instructors has been halted in compliance with an order from the Department of Human Resources to let local authorities determine the number of instructors needed.

Spokesperson in the ministry of gender, Fred Simwaka says they have written district councils to treat the matter with urgency by providing the number of the needed instructors directly to the human resources department to be implemented in this financial year.

Simwaka says his ministry continues to receive complaints from adult literacy learners of long distances which they travel to access such lessons, saying the move will address such problems.

"We wrote the department of human resources for a go-ahead to recruit extra two thousand adult literacy instructors but we have been told that such functions should be handled by district councils," said Simwaka.

"So now, it is all up to the district council to provide the needed number of adult literacy instructors in their districts, but this time they have to inform the department of human resources, not the ministry itself," he added.

Meanwhile, Machinga District Community Development Officer, Thoko Supayo, says they want to address outstanding welfare issues of their 418 adult literacy instructors before recruiting more.

"We have 418 adult literacy instructors in the district but the biggest challenge is that they are yet to receive their arrears which is a call for worry right now. We want to sort that challenge first then we will look into the recruitment matter," noted Supayo.

If recruited, the extra adult literacy instructors will ease pressure on already existing workers who are a few in numbers, countrywide.

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