GOVERNMENT says teacher registration is a legal requirement which will promote the teaching profession by enhancing professional recognition and appreciation while guarding teachers’ interests through networking.
Speaking during the launch of the teacher registration and the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ) and ZANACO Bank on Thursday, General Education Minister John Phiri said regulating teachers would improve their welfare and that of the learners.
Dr. Phiri said teacher registration was an important component because the profession was a form of public service which allowed teachers to possess expert knowledge and skills.
“We hope and trust that through the efforts of the Teaching Council, teaching will be professionalised in this country. It is necessary that teaching is professionalised because teaching is a form of public service which allows teachers to possess expert knowledge and skills. It also calls for personal and corporate responsibility for the education and welfare of learners and the teachers in charge.
“Due to epitomised integrity, knowledge, leadership, moral rectitude and selfless services and the spearheaded development of communities and the country, there is need for regulation to be introduced by the TCZ. Teacher education is one of the professions will now regulate,” Dr. Phiri said.
He said the move will provide the ministry and the council with two registers for the teachers, adding that teacher registration fee will be paid once in a teacher’s professional life while practicing fees will be paid every three years to renew their practicing licences.
“The ministry with the council will now have a register of teachers who qualify to be teachers with full registration status and another register for teachers given provisional registration. For example, community school teachers.
“It is also important to learn that teachers’ registration fee is paid once in a teacher’s professional lifetime and the practicing fees are paid once every three years when the practicing certificate is expected to be renewed. I commend the council for this design because it will prove very flexible and ideal for teachers because a teacher doesn’t have to undergo the process of registration but the bank will do it for them,” he said.
And ZANACO bank chief executive officer Bruce Dick said the partnership was the most substantial among the 48 partnerships the financial institution has currently.
Mr. Dick said ZANACO was happy to enter into such a partnership because its corporate social responsibilities were centred around education, adding that the bank was happy to provide its services to far-flung areas in order to meet the demand.
“The most important thing about ZANACO is what we are witnessing this morning which is very much aligned to what the bank is about. We hold education very high and the need to extend banking services to the communities in far-flung areas of Zambia.
“This partnership is the most substantial among the 48 partnerships that the bank currently has. We try and make the business of banking easier for teachers and the community and all of us and this is a big partnership that we can all share.
‘‘We are a trusted member of this Government because Government has shares in this bank besides public shareholders,” Mr. Dick said.