Newly employed teachers in Urambo District, Tabora Region, have denied reports that they are prefer to work in some work stations, saying they are comfortable with their current workplaces in the district.
They told The Citizen in separate interviews that they were ready to work anywhere the responsible ministry will allocate them.
Some of the teachers, Mr Vicent Barnaba and Ms Neema John, said they enjoyed working in schools in Urambo District regardless of the location of the schools.
“It is not proper to choose working stations because pupils are everywhere not only in towns but also in villages. Teachers so should be ready to work even in remote areas,” said Ms John, whose school is located some 40 kilometres north of Urambo town.
Due to the shortage of teachers, they advised newly recruits to sun the tendency of selecting workplaces, saying every school needs them as they were prepared to teach children regardless of their status or areas.
“If we prefer to work in some areas only it means that there will be uneven distribution of teachers and some parts of the country will have no enough teachers,” said Mr Barnaba.
“We should think of other pupils who are living in remote areas who will not get quality education due to shortage of teachers,” said Ms Pudensiana Kamata, who has been posted to work at a school located some 35 kilometres east of Urambo town.
The Urambo District acting education officer for primary schools, Mr Revocatus Mande, said more than 40 teachers who were allocated to the district have reported and have been posted to their new work stations.
“We have received more than 40 teachers and we have posted them to their new work stations. If all goes well, they will receive their first salaries this month,” he said.