Some teachers from Jubeva College of Education, who were left out in the just ended teacher recruitment exercise have presented a petition to provincial administration, citing a lot of anomalies on the list that was published recently.
The teachers observed that out of over 300 teachers, who graduated from the college in two different intakes, less than 30 were picked.
The teachers said that on the list of names of teachers which was published, there are names of teachers, who were employed, when their year of training completion indicates 2015.
They wondered where the employed teachers got the results, because at the time of submitting application in August, it meant they had not even written their final examinations in their various colleges.
The teachers said that the Ministry of Education should have employed those, who hold primary teaching certificates because their chances of being recruited are getting slimmer.
They said that this is because government has a policy where lowest qualification for teachers should be a diploma.
They requested that in case of any replacement, they should be given priority.
A check by Breeze News on the list of the successful teachers found that 23 names were indicating as having completed training in 2015 while 18 had no record on when they completed training.
Meanwhile Youth Forum has called for investigations into how the teacher recruitment exercise was conducted.
Provincial Youth Forum Chairperson Mathews Phiri has told Breeze News that Provincial Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo and ACC, the Anti-Corruption Commission should fully establish how some candidates, who were not eligible got the jobs.
Mr. Phiri charged that anomalies in the recruitment exercise are a clear indication that the jobs were not offered on merit.
He says that there is no way a person who has just finished a certificate course in 2015 could be found on the list of those selected to take up jobs as teachers, leaving long standing certificate holders.
Mr. Phiri says it is saddening to note that only 42 candidates were selected in Chipata district and a bigger number from other provinces.