It is now an offence for teachers to practice without being accredited with the Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ), Minister of General Education John Phiri announced yesterday.
He said the teachers have however been given a grace period of up to June this year to register with the TCZ, failure to which they would be prosecuted.
“I would like to urge all teachers and other education practitioners at all levels of education in Zambia from early childhood to college level to register without fail, as failure to do so after the grace period expires, one would be liable for prosecution as stipulated by the teaching profession act”, Dr Phiri said.
The minister was speaking at yesterday’s launch of the Teacher Registration and Accreditation of Colleges of Education at the Ministry.
He said the TCZ would bring sanity to the teaching profession as only qualified and deserving teachers will be recruited in both public and private institutions of learning.
‘’Consequently, this will enhance the provision of quality education for our learners in Zambia, which has been the great concern for government, parents and stakeholders in this country,’’ he said
Dr Phiri urged college proprietors and principles of both private and public colleges of education to have their institutions and teacher training programmes accredited and approved by the council as required by law.
The minister challenged the TCZ to embark on a massive nationwide registration and sensitisation to prepare the key stakeholders for the activity.
And acting TCZ chairperson Eunifridah Simuyaba said the council would work to improve teachers status and quality of education.
Meanwhile, teachers have commended government for launching the TCZ.
Zambia National Education Coalition Executive director Grace Manyonga said teachers have been looking forward to the launch to improve the sector.
The TCZ is mandated by law to conducted teacher registration and accreditation of colleges by the Teaching Profession Act no.5 of 2013.