In a move seen as a deliberate attempt to thwart educational standards, the Regional Education Office in the northern region has put on transfer 200 Secondary School Teachers and 65 Headmasters.
Nyasa Times snap survey revealed that the transfers are only happening in the northern region and has invoked memories of the 1989 MCP government directive that saw all teachers from the north who were in other regions repatriated to their home districts.
Many have been plucked from urban or semi urban areas to remote places and some have opted for early retirement than to endure the seemingly politically motivated transfers.
Sources told Nyasa Times that the transfers began immediately when Deria Thawe took over as Regional Education Manager from Tasokwa Msiska.
The source alleged that Thawe is a DPP plant and is on a mission to crackdown those seen as anti-regime.
Thawe refused to comment on the transfers saying she does speak to private media.
“What we don’t understand is that we get our pay checks late and the country is experiencing erratic fuels supplies and yet the Lorries are always on the road. Where does the Regional Education Office get the constant funds for such an exercise,” queried our source.
Thawe, who is past retirement age, previously headed Chichiri Secondary School is known for her heavy handedness and maladministration.
“Of course transfer are normal but we don’t understand the rationale behind these transfers because they are only happening the north,” said a teacher, who was forcibly transferred.
Secretary for education, science and technology, John Bisika could not be reached for comment.