THE issue of teachers and pupils having relationships in schools has raised concern among parents in Lusaka.
They charged that if the situation was not controlled it could affect the future of the pupils because they no longer concentrated on their studies.
The parents called on the Ministry of General Education to ensure they strengthened rules that forbade all such forms of relationship between teachers and pupils whether at college or secondary schools levels.
Tamara Kunda, one of the concerned parents of Chawama, said that teachers should play the role of the parent to the children instead of engaging in love affairs.
Ms Kunda said it was the responsibility of the teachers to ensure that the pupils did not go astray by involving them in activities that were inimical to their future.
She called for stringent laws to punish erring teachers having sexual relationships with pupils or students.
And David Mambo of Chunga township said that teachers who engaged in relationships with their pupils should be punished because they put the future of the children at stake.
Mr Mambo said that teachers were mature people and knew that pupils especially girls were vulnerable and that was why they took advantage of them.
“As parents we highly condemn the act of teachers forming relationships with the pupils because it is not right and all the teachers who are fond of involving themselves in such acts should be punished accordingly,’’ said Mr Mambo.
– Millennium Radio 90.5FM