Earlier this year, the two Countries of Rwanda and Zimbabwe signed an agreement which allows Rwanda to hire teachers from Zimbabwe. This is to enable Kigali to hire professionals from the economically nose-diving southern African country to cover the skills gap.

A government official of Rwanda revealed  on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 that, up to 491 Zimbabwean teachers have been shortlisted for interviews which are set to take place in the next few days.

Zimbabwe’s Public Service ministry secretary Simon Masanga had said that Rwanda had requested for more professionals from various fields. “The recruitment is being conducted under the auspices of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Zimbabwe and Rwanda on the exchange of skilled personnel between the two countries,” Mr Masanga said.

“We are recruiting competent education personnel to be employed in Rwanda on job position under four categories: basic education, basic TVET (technical and vocational education and training), polytechnic and universities.

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“A recruitment manual was jointly agreed to facilitate the recruitment of educational personnel following a specified request for educational experts by the Government of Rwanda.”

He added that the minimum requirements for the educators was a bachelor’s degree and post graduate qualification. “The successful candidates are expected to travel to Rwanda in September after undergoing pre-departure training by a team of experts from Zimbabwe and the Embassy of Rwanda to ensure adequate orientation and requisite information is imparted to the Zimbabwean nationals prior to their deployment,” Mr Masanga added.

This ensures the candidates have the right information for integration and protection during their service in Rwanda.”

It is recalled last year that, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said his country wanted to recruit teachers from Zimbabwe as a “matter of urgency” to boost its education system.

Zimbabwe has dozens of unemployed qualified teachers that cannot be absorbed into its education system and the country has since been trying to relay some of its workforce to other African countries.

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