On Thursday July 7, 2022, the Patriotic Front-PF Facebook page published an article alleging that the teachers recruited in the 2022 teacher recruitment exercise would be put on payroll in January 2023. Following the delayed completion of the teacher recruitment exercise, concerns on various media platforms have been raised that the placement of the successful candidates on government payroll might also delay and will be done in 2023.
iVerify Zambia has established as false the claims by the Patriotic Front-PF Facebook page that newly recruited teachers would be put on payroll in January 2023. According to Minister of Finance and National Planning Situmbeko Musokotwane, money was available to pay salaries for the new teachers. Dr. Musokotwane gave the assurance during the Private Sector Day at Mulungushi Conference Centre in Lusaka. Dr. Musokotwane said teachers were expected to report to their stations so that the process of putting them on the payroll could start. Government, he said, would not tolerate corruption in the process of placing the new teachers on the payroll. And in a statement obtained by iVerify, Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary in charge of Technical Services Joel Kamoko also said the ministry would ensure the new teachers were put on payroll as soon as possible as they were expected to report to their respective districts in July this year for orientation before they could start teaching in September in 2022. Therefore, the claim by the Patriotic Front-PF Facebook page that the newly recruited teachers will be put on payroll in January 2023, is false.