Katete District has received 69 newly recruited teachers.
District Education Board Secretary DEBS Ruth Moyo has confirmed stating that this will help reduce the teacher –pupil ratio in various schools of the district.
Speaking to ZANIS, Mrs. Moyo stressed that the newly recruited teachers might not be felt on the ground because they were merely replacing the vacancies created by some teachers that had been transferred or passed on.
The District Education Board Secretary added that the district was in need of more teachers.
She says the district currently has a total of 763 teachers coupled with over enrolment in most schools a situation that forces teachers to attend to more than 60 pupils in one teaching session.
Mrs Moyo explained that classroom accommodation was still a big challenge in Katete district as many teachers were handling more than one class in a day.
She noted that some schools in the district do not have accommodation for staff forcing teachers to rent houses in the boma which is far from the school.
Mrs Moyo further pointed out that for eight years now some teachers in rural and remote areas have been complaining of not getting their rural hardship allowances.