New agreement will allow 32 Zambian teachers to come to Seychelles to face scarcity

A second cohort of Zambian teachers is expected in Seychelles this month, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on Saturday to address the country’s shortage of teachers.

Under the new six-year agreement, 32 Zambian teachers – 23 for primary and nine for secondary – are expected in Seychelles before the third academic quarter of September.

The new teachers will join 43 Zambians who are already teaching in public schools on the three main islands of Seychelles, Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.

The memorandum of understanding was signed Saturday morning at the headquarters of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, between Seychelles’ Minister of Education, Jeanne Simeon, and her Zambian counterpart, David Mabumba.

The agreement “marks a milestone between our two departments in our ongoing collaboration and also marks the consolidation of a true partnership,” said Jeanne Simeon, Minister of Education.

She added that such collaborations also constitute a platform of mutual benefits for education professionals.

“Our local teachers have benefited from the expertise of Zambian teachers in some areas such as design technology and hospitality. Similarly, Zambians have gone through several development sessions, particularly in the areas of IGCSE and ICT, “she added.

For his part, Zambian Education Minister David Mabumba said Seychelles and Zambia maintained warm and cordial relations in sectors such as education and hospitality. And it is in this context that his government did not hesitate to answer the call when the demand for Zambian teachers was made.

“The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding will not only strengthen current bilateral relations, but will also strengthen cultural exchanges between the two countries,” said Mabumba.

He added that “the signature will open further opportunities for expansion in the future, especially in the education and hospitality sectors”.

Seychelles launched a recruitment drive in August 2017 after being unable to recruit teachers locally to meet growing demand. The Zambia was the first country to respond and the process that led to Saturday’s signing began in September 2017.

The first cohort of 48 teachers was recruited between May and July 2018; two have already left for personal reasons.

Source: Seychelles News Agency