d senior education officials have dismissed these assertions. They said in separate interviews that the procedure was designed to “weed out” criminal elements from the public service.
The Zimbabwean heard that about 200 qualified and temporary teachers were posted to various stations after they were checked out. Most of them were temporary teachers assigned teaching stations following a massive recruitment exercise in light of the worsening brain drain that has hit the education sector.
Some of the qualified and untrained teachers complained that the unprecedented move was largely aimed at identifying those who have actively participated in anti-government demonstrations.
The government has started subjecting all prospective teachers to a rigorous screening exercise by police and the Central Intelligence Organisation in a move widely seen as aimed at barring opposition supporters and sympathizers from being assigned teaching stations.
But both police an