Mochoboroane  blasts Teaching  Service Commission

Mochoboroane blasts Teaching Service Commission

MASERU-THE chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Selibe Mochoboroane has blamed the manner in which teachers are recruited for the deteriorating standards in Lesotho’s education. Mochoboroane says the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) is in the habit of hiring teachers who have not attended and passed interviews.

This is after the committee found that the TSC disregards recommendations by school boards and selects teachers of its own choice when hiring. The PAC found that the TSC had hired teachers for more than 18 schools around the country in a manner that was not acceptable and satisfactory to the school boards.

This could be just a tip of an iceberg, the PAC’s Mochoboroane said when he was interviewing school boards on Tuesday. The boards from different schools said the commission is giving them a very tough time when hiring teachers. One of the school board members,

’Mamonaheng Matsosa, confirmed that the TSC is making their work harder. “We are not the ones to select people we want at our schools, we are merely giving the TSC a list of people who have applied at our schools,” Matsosa said. “The only thing we do is to recommend who we want to hire from the list of six people, so the TSC is the one to choose.”

The PAC heard that the TSC often hires teachers who do not appear on the submitted lists and to make matters worse, those who have not even attended interviews. For instance, at Nkoeng High School one of the teachers who was appointed had not even attended the interviews, let alone pass it. The PAC found that the school board had clearly stated that it only wanted candidates who were on a list which had been submitted to the TSC.
None of the teachers it recommended was hired, the PAC was told.

Saddened by the TSC’s decision the board allegedly complained, saying they had certain considerations when they made the recommendations but all was in vain. Mochoboroane heard that when the school boards complain the TSC tells them that the teachers are paid by the Ministry of Education and therefore they should not worry. Mochoboroane was incensed when he heard this and said he was not surprised that standards of education had declined over the years.

He said this was because the TSC was no longer hiring teachers based on merit. “The ministry is employing teachers unlawfully,” Mochoboroane said. “This increases the rate of paying ghost employees in the teaching department,” he said.

“This is not good at all, because the law does not allow that.”

Mochoboroane said this problem “will in the end lead to an ungovernable society where everyone will do everything unlawfully if they are not stopped now”.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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