Secondary school teachers who fail to acquire practising licenses by June this year should consider themselves unemployable, Secondary School Teachers Union of Zambia (SESTUZ) has said.
SESTUZ general secretary Sitibekiso Wauyuwa said it was imperative for not only members of his union but all the teachers and administrators in general to acquire a practising licence from the Teaching Council of Zambia.
“It is very difficult for me to say what punishment would go to those that refuse to acquire licences, but what I can encourage our people not only members of SESTUZ but all teachers even administrators is to register,” Mr Wauyuwa said.
He was responding to complaints by the public over the requirement of teachers to possess practising certificates.
Mr Wauyuwa said those that aspired to be district education board secretaries and provincial officers were all required to have the licenses and would not be allowed to function without them.
‘’It is law, you cannot be a DEBS, you cannot be a Provincial Education Officer if you do not have a practising certificate; so everyone will have to register,” he explained.
Mr Wauyuwa explained that the only punishment that came to his mind for those that refused to register was for them not to be employed.
He said the only way one would be employed on whatever level of teaching was when they produced the teaching practising certificate.
“The only punishment that comes to my mind if one refuses to register is that they have declared themselves unemployable and they cannot be employed,” Mr Wauyuwa said.
He said one of the main aims of introducing the practising certificate was to enhance the quality of education in the country and ensure that the teachers were qualified.
Mr Wauyuwa also said there were other punishments that had been put in place for all those teachers found working without a practicing certificate.
He said with the Teaching Council of Zambia on board, it would be ensured that the acquiring of the practising certificate was a national issue.
“The programme will now be heightened especially with the coming in of the Teaching Council of Zambia which runs the programme in full, we shall cover the whole country so that no one is left out,” Mr Wauyuwa said.