NO TEACHER will be allowed to work in public or private schools without being registered by the Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ), it was announced yesterday.
Speaking during a sensitization meeting held at Solwezi College of Education, TCZ registrar Dr. Ebby Mubanga said his organization will this year begin registering teachers and any teacher that failed to register will not be allowed to practise either in private or public sector. He said registration of every practising teacher was law and an attempt to practise without registration was illegal.
“In addition to the academic qualifications, teachers will be required to register and attain a registration certificate,” he said.
He said before the establishment of the regulatory body under Ministry of General Education teachers were monitored but not regulated which caused a lot of gaps in the education system.
Dr Mubanga said TCZ will monitor teachers’ conduct and practise of the profession and if not satisfied a teacher’s practising licence will be revoked.
The registrar noted that teacher registration and accreditation by colleges of education were aimed at improving the education system and standard in Zambia
“Our aim as TCZ is to register more than 100,000 teachers across the country in an effort to improve the quality of service in education by systematically monitoring so as to ensure a professional practice and conduct,” he said.
He added that there has been a lot of concerns from the public and parents regarding teachers who had continued exhibiting unacceptable behaviour such as getting sexually involved with their pupils.
Dr Mubanga said the registration will provide information to the Ministry of Education and other employers as regards who is a certified teacher.
He has called on teachers in private and public schools and students training colleges who join the profession to register under the council if they were to practice.
The registrar also urged all colleges of education to accredit with TCZ to have approved academic training qualifications.
And Teaching Service Commission (TSC) deputy secretary Dr. Venus Seti says the commission is a competent employing authority which will not employ any unregistered teachers.
“We will not as a commission employ any teacher that has not been issued with a practising licence by the Teaching Council of Zambia,” he said.
Dr Seti said TSC and TCZ will work together to implement the law and enhance quality education services.
“Before the enactment this year and the establishment of the TCZ, teachers were only monitored but not regulated; when teachers are not regulated that is a big challenge because they lacked perimeters of operations,’’ he said.
North-Western provincial education officer Steven Chishiko said in the quest to ensure that every teacher operated with the requirements of the law, they must be registered in order to be availed with the ethics and expected conduct.
Mr Chishiko has urged all teachers in the province to be disciplined, professional and ethical to enhance quality of service in education.